Bird Walk on 12 March 2016 (report)
Jackdaw tree (Jenny Bourne)
A group of up to 70 left Diana car park and walked along the side of Heron Pond observing gadwall, tufted and mallard ducks along the way. We saw various gulls, mainly black headed, on the water as well as coots and red crested pochard. As we headed across the bracken towards Hawthorn Cottage we were lucky enough to see a little owl perched in an old hawthorn tree. Diana commented that we might also see a short-eared owl if we visited Home Park. Other birds seen were jays, jackdaws, magpies, a blackbird, green woodpecker, blue tit and of course several parakeets. Walking towards Chestnut Avenue a mistle thrush was feeding on the grass near to the road and we saw a robin on a nearby branch.
There was a heron on the water as we approached the gate into the Woodland gardens; seemingly unconcerned by the large crowd of admirers.
Once in the Pheasantry Woodland Gardens there were more ducks, Egyptian and Canada geese and moorhens. A wren could be seen on the far bank of Triss’s Pond as we listened to the lovely sound of the song thrush.
Walking back towards Diana Fountain, a pied wagtail was spotted on the grass with a cormorant perched on one of the statue’s bronzes.
Many thanks to Diana and her ‘helpers’