Sunday, 8 August 2010

Beddington Farmlands 'Early Autumn Bird Walk'

40 people joined in the 'Early Autumn Bird Tour' and we saw a good suite of birds typical for this time of year. On the lakes we saw juvenile Shelducks and also Tufted Ducks with newly hatched broods. As usual there were plenty of Grey Herons on the lakes. A 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull was on the mounds.

On Hundred Acre Conservation Bed we saw about 10 Green Sandpipers (pic one-click on pic to enlarge), 4 Common Sandpipers, 30+ Lapwing and 5-6 Pied Wagtails. A family party of four Swallows dropped in and a Sparrowhawk darted through.

The group of passerines (song birds) by the burnt field were still present with a small group of Tree Sparrow, a few Whitethroats and at least one Lesser Whitethroat.
We finished off back at the Northern Lake where we found the Greenshank, which was present yesterday, and had closer views of the Shelducks and Tufted Duck families.

David Stanley made a log of the species seen/heard* by the group (52 species in just over 2 hours):

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Kingfisher*, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Reed Warbler*, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff*, Willow Warbler*, Jay*, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow,
Starling, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet


Ian said...

Thanks Pete for a good mornings birding.I got 45 out of the 52 species including the yellow legged gull (life tick)

Peter Alfrey said...

You will have to come back in the winter at get Caspian Gull.

Cheers Ian