Outdoor Meetings 2019

Bird watching experience not required. We all watch and learn together.

Travel by private car except where stated otherwise.

For further details please send an e mail via the ‘contact us’ page, leaving your phone number, or members please phone the outdoor meetings organiser as on the programme card to let us know that you are planning to join us.

Trips may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check this website before travelling.

Warm multi layered clothing under waterproof outerwear is recommended for the colder months. Footpaths may be uneven so wear stout footwear. In the warmer months sun protection and insect repellent are also recommended. Bring a packed lunch for day trips. It is also advisable to carry a bottle of water on the walks.

 

Don’t forget your binoculars! 

 

London Wetland Centre - February 2019

With bitterns having been reported from both the Main Lake and Sheltered Lagoon the previous day, it was a difficult choice where to start. Beginning at Headley Hide tufted ducks proved the most numerous, followed by mallard and then five pochard, three drakes and two females. Two herring gulls occupied a long thin island and an Egyptian goose was nearby. Other species present included lapwings, coot, starlings, and two pairs of wigeon. Periodic scanning of the reed beds though failed to reveal the bird we were hoping to find.

Shortly after leaving the hide, a long-tailed tit was seen in trees to the left of the path. Two pairs of gadwall were then spotted on the water from the bridge close to Wildside Hide. Once seated, a little grebe was quickly noticed whilst five cormorants occupied a small island on Reservoir Lagoon. A large area of the grazing marsh was under water and this had attracted several shovelers, a female pintail and a few teal. Two great black-backed gulls and a single lesser black-backed gull were present.  A drake pintail flew in, and was immediately joined by the female, with both birds moving further away from the hide to dabble and upend in the water covering the grass. 

At Dulverton Hide  a water pipit was foraging on the shore of a small island. It was well camouflaged and when searching closer to some of the larger dark stones and then later the incline of the grassy bank proved a challenge to see well. Patience paid off, with every one seeing it well by the time we vacated the hide. From the WWF Hide, three common gulls and two shelducks were added to our day lists. A common snipe was seen at the edge of the reeds before a green woodpecker, that had climbed a thin tree, flew off over the main lake.

From the Peacock Tower, hopes of finding a jack snipe on the Wader Scrape faded on seeing the water level. A couple of common snipe did oblige and two Egyptian geese were also seen from the hide.The water pipit made another appearance, first somewhat secretly amongst vegetation on the Wader Scrape but then a little later on the grass bund separating this scrape from the grazing marsh. Scans out across the later revealed a further three common snipe on a small area of cut reed.

Ending our visit back at the WWF Hide looking for the elusive bittern, we had to settle for five grey herons gathered on one of the islands.

It just wasn't our day !!!

 

Forthcoming Field Trips-----------


May          Morning Walk at Thursley NNR                  Meet at the Moat Pond Car Park ( SU899416 )  GU8 6LW



June         Nightjar Walk at RSPB Farnham Heath     Meet at the Rural Life Centre Car Park ( SU859433 ) GU10 2DL