Sunday 2 December 2018

Patch Update

29th September 2018
Sorry about this late blog post- with so much else happening, I haven't been able to write about my patch!

On a Sunday afternoon, I visited Ruislip Woods with a local young birder, Alex Liddle, who I'd met a few times before, at Rainham Marshes, the People's Walk for Wildlife and at Spurn. We first walked through Poor's Field, an excellent spot for migrants, where in the past I'd seen Whitethroat. There were Blue Tits, a Robin and we heard a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. In a small wooded area full of brambles, a Fox dashed past us. 

We walked around the Lido, where Alex found some Grey Wagtails, and there were a few Herons, Pochard and the usual Tufted Ducks. We headed on a duckboard trail through Park Wood, and out of the reserve itself, where Alex showed me an area where Siskins often congregate each year, called King's College Playing Fields, which has since become part of my patch. A Blackcap zipped through the bushes, and we saw many Goldcrests, the most I've seen on patch.

Grey Wagtail and Moorhen 

We walked down the same route, watching hundreds of ducks, Mute Swans, Little Egrets and Herons coming into the Lido, close to dusk. Alex found petty much all the warblers and Goldcrests by their calls, something I really need to improve on! Hopefully I'll visit my new area of the patch more often, and find Siskins.

The Lido close to dusk 

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