Sunday 21 October 2018

CWP was the place to be!

We started off from the Gateway Centre with a look at the lake there. We’d soon seen wigeon, coot, great crested grebe, mute swan and heard a Cetti’s warbler.
Great crested grebe
Along the canal we picked up the first of what was to be many robin. Other species found along here were blackbird, great spotted woodpecker, blue tit, great tit, wren, carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw and woodpigeon.

As we worked our way through the village, robin and wren were in good supply.
Along the lane we started adding more birds to our list, namely: chaffinch, dunnock, goldcrest, long-tailed tit, treecreeper and overhead was an elusive skylark.

As we headed along the old railway line, we had a brief view of a grey heron, as well as good views of rook feeding in a field.

The highlight for me was seeing the group of nine curlew drop into the gravel workings for a wash and brush up – brilliant! There were also a couple of teal and some black-headed gull here.

We then worked our way along the edge of a small lake where we saw tufted duck, lesser black-backed gull and a secretive little grebe.  

As we reached the main lake we saw a mass of Canada goose with a single greylag goose mixed in. We also had a great view of a grey heron and a young lapwing who managed to find and eat a worm!

Grey heron

From there we headed back through the village where we saw some impressive chickens, after a little research I think they were Brahmas.

Finally, we headed back along the first lake we passed where we had great views of cormorant with their wings out stretched. (NA)