Walks and Outings Reports 2019

6 January 2019 – Kempton Nature Reserve by Tony Quinn

Sixteen members arrived on this first trip of the new New Year. Unfortunately two very important members were left stranded at the gate for a while as we started a little early. My apologies to them. Viewing from the West Hide produced a group of about 12 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 11 Lapwings and a Green Woodpecker. Some members also saw Long-tailed Tits. Moving on, a distant Mistle Thrush was singing from Kempton Park Racecourse and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the grounds of the Water Treatment Works. Reaching the South Hide, a female Reed Bunting was at a nearby feeder and a few more Teal were at the entrance to the channel. A good sighting from the East Hide was a group of about 10 Common Snipe but hiding at some distance. Rather scarce these days, a female Chaffinch was near one of the feeders and a non-member saw two more Reed Buntings there. A walk along Bunny Lane produced a wintering Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Bullfinches were heard but not seen. WeBS counters found Common and Red-crested Pochard and Great Crested Grebe on a nearby site. In all about 35 species were seen or heard. Friends of Kempton. Membership is free to Society members but they should first become members of the Hogsmill STW Friends Scheme. See the link below for full details. http://surbitonbirds.org/?page_id=399