It was a great turn-out for the first bird walk after the summer break, but actually seeing any birds was a challenge due to the leaf cover, so we contented ourselves with getting to grips with songs and calls. The highlight was a superb Grey Wagtail which spent time on the usually biologically sterile bowling green! List of birds seen and heard as follows:

Robin (many - including lots singing and calling)
Greenfinch (1)
Great Tit (seemed everywhere!)
Coal Tit (heard briefly)
Blue Tit (heard briefly)
Grey Wagtail
Carrion Crow (several showing signs of moult)
Blackbird (4 or 5 altogether, some showing signs of moult)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 or more overhead)
Dunnock (heard briefly behind the pond)
Mistle Thrush (2 flew over calling near the toilets)

Simon saw a possible warbler species, and there were also Speckled Wood butterflies and probable Common Darter dragonflies along with ubiquitous Grey Squirrels!

Thanks to all who turned up.


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Comment by Des Bowring on September 20, 2009 at 15:40
Aaargh yes! 2 of them! Thanks Jo....
Comment by Jo Corke on September 20, 2009 at 15:25
Hi Des,

thanks for the walk - did we not see a mistle thrush as well?

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