Walks and Outings Reports 2020

5 January 2020, Home Park by Jonathan Hannam

The trip actually started in the Diana Fountain car park in Bushy Park, as that is the nearest place to leave a car. Eight members joined me there and we took the opportunity to scan the pond for the resident Red-crested Pochard, before walking down to Lion Gate and joining up with another member who had come by public transport. With the notable exception of Treecreeper and Goldcrest, all the birds that were seen on the way down to Lion Gate were seen again in Home Park. Just as we were turning into Home Park at the Paddock Gate, a Sparrowhawk was briefly seen by those at the back of the group. A small group of Redwing was feeding on the ground in the paddock and then a much larger group flew into the surrounding trees. A couple of Mistle Thrush and a Nuthatch were also in the area. On the Long Water, there were lots of Coot, Black-headed Gull and Tufted Duck, as well as a few Gadwall and a solitary Great Crested Grebe. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen on the opposite side, giving good views in the scope. Also giving good scope views were a couple of Grey Heron in the cedars in the Formal Gardens. We continued our walk past the Stud House and on to the other end of the Long Water, picking up Kestrel and Green Woodpecker, before pausing for a coffee stop by the Overflow Pond, where more Gadwall were seen. We then walked down to the Kingston Gate via the Dew Pond (another Grey Heron), stopping to examine a small flock of finches on the way. These turned out to be Goldfinch with one Chaffinch amongst them. Returning homewards passed Wick Pond, two Wrens flitted about in the reeds. Our return route took us along Kingston Avenue where we passed a large flock of gulls (about 500) most of which were bBlack headed headed but there were a few Common Gull amongst them. Finally, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits entertained us as we left the park. Altogether, 41 species were recorded by the group.