Shaun, Alan and Maureen, Martin, Carol and Rebecca, and Bob P and Sue met Alastair on a warm(ish) sunny day for a walk around Buchan Park, which five of us had never visited before. Alastair very kindly led us, and we were soon picking up most of the woodland species (robins and blue tits being very much in evidence), including blackcap, goldcrest, willow warbler and chiffchaff. As we approached the first lake, a pair of grey wagtails showed very well. A couple of us had a brief view of a buzzard; later on, at Warnham, we saw a pair displaying.
As it was a fine weekend, there were very many dog walkers – but they were universally affable, including the dogs!
Alastair left us after a couple of hours, intending to do a patch walk. He reported later on Facebook that he’d seen plenty of birds, including a nice redstart – so virtue was rewarded once again.
Warnham proved to be another very pleasant venue, particularly as it provided a good cafe and loos. From the first hide, we saw a common tern – first of the year for many of us. Another grey wagtail was showing well here, too. Ducks seen were mandarin, mallard, and tufted, with a couple of great crested grebes. Grey herons (probably half a dozen or more) were flying about over the trees, doubtless agitated by an overflying buzzard. Later, as mentioned above, a pair of buzzards displayed over the woodland.
Reed buntings were seen on the feeders at the next hide, with the usual flurry of tits, a great spotted woodpecker, male pheasant, etc. Walking further on, we had good views of a treecreeper – always a welcome sight.
We may not have seen any rarities, but it had been another good trip in excellent company.