Little Marlow Gravel Pits

SU88375 15/02/04

Seventeen adults, six children and two dogs gathered for the Wildfowl Walk at Little Marlow Gravel Pits on Sunday 15th February , 2004.

Under the expert leadership of WDC Ranger Phil Horwood, a total of 47 bird species were identified , among them a male Pintail , repeatedly duck-diving, so that all could see his splendid tail projecting upright from the water, and a group of three male Goldeneye . A Kingfisher was also seen , perched in some bushes. People were able to view all of these birds clearly through Phil’s telescope. Meanwhile , flocks of Lapwings wheeled overhead, and , of course , the thrilling but no longer unusual spectacle of a Red Kite patrolling the sky. As a further point of interest, Phil also showed us the remains of a Reed-Warbler’s nest in the rushes.

In spite of a brief shower before the walk started, the weather remained dry throughout, a vast improvement on the previous walk in November 2003..

Thanks to you, Phil, for a most satisfactory morning’s bird watching.


Ring-necked parakeets (2)
Mute Swan (2)
Tufted Duck
Pochard
Kingfisher
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Large flocks of Lapwing
Heron
Cormorant
Red Kite
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Jay
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Blackbird
Starling
Blue Tit
Chaffinch
Bullfinch
Redwing
Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Coot
Moorhen
Male Goldeneye (3)
Male Pintail
Shelduck
Wigeon
Shoveler
Mallard
Greylag Goose
Gadwall
Teal
Ruddy Duck
Canada Goose
Pheasant
Green Woodpecker
Robin
Mistle Thrush
Great Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Greenfinch
Dunnock
 
Male Goldeneye
Tufted Ducks
Male Pochard