Mar 302011

We spent this afternoon at Northward Hill, walking from the RSPB Office along the Heron Trail.   Amongst the species seen and heard were:   Goldfinch, greenfinch, wren, blue tit, great tit with chiffchaff and song thrush singing well.   From the Marsh viewpoint there were teal, wigeon, coot, moorhen, shelduck.   Over the fields towards the Heronry were seen rook, jackdaw, lapwing displaying, redshank, oystercatcher.    Flocks of starling and duck were unsettled by a pair of marsh harrier swooping low over the reedbeds.   52 mute swan took off from the field behind the polytunnels below the wood.  

As we started the return journey a huge number of little egret took to the air, which had previously been hidden in the wood, along with many rooks.   We later saw a buzzard which may have caused the earlier disturbance.   Grey heron are on the nest, but it was hard to give an accurate figure.

As we returned to the car park a little owl flew across in front of us – a great end to the walk.