Broadwater 27 February 2024

Trip report by Roger Woodward

Photos by Lynn Hughes

Weather: 80; Light rain, becoming clear; Wind: West f3; Visibility: moderate Trip Leaders: Lynn and Robbie Hughes

It was not a great morning when fourteen of us met at the Soldierstown car park, with steady light rain. Around the car park blue and great tits were actively feeding, and house sparrows were hopping around. A song thrush was calling loudly and a few blackbirds were in the trees.

We crossed the canal and turned north along the tow path. Several moorhen were in the canal. Robins and a few dunnock were in the hedgerows, and an occasional wren popped in and out, singing loudly. There were several pairs of mallard and one pair of  gadwall. A Muscovy duck was on its own. 

There were plentiful woodpigeon, some doing display flights. We thought some were nesting nearby as they were very close in the hedges. A good number of jackdaws were flying around, and a few hooded crows. High on a tree we got a good sight of a redwing.

As we went further along the towpath the rain cleared. On the water, coots were much in evidence, calling loudly. There were a few dabchicks, evidently pairing up for the season. In the Broadwater we saw a good number of tufted duck and, in the distance, a single female goldeneye.

On the far bank a pair of cormorants were perched in the trees, looking quite resplendent in breeding plumage (complete with ‘pocket watch’). There was a strange absence of herons.

A pair of bullfinch were in a bush and a small party of long tailed tits passed through.

On the way back we got a sighting of a single blackcap.

Many thanks to Lynn and Robbie for a great trip.

Bird List (28 Species)

  • Robin
  • House sparrow
  • Chaffinch
  • Blue tit
  • Great tit
  • Long tailed tit
  • Goldcrest
  • Magpie
  • Wren
  • Dunnock
  • Blackbird
  • Song thrush
  • Redwing
  • Mallard
  • Gadwall
  • Bullfinch
  • Goldeneye
  • Tufted duck
  • Cormorant
  • Moorhen
  • Coot
  • Dabchick
  • Jackdaw
  • Rook
  • Hooded crow
  • Woodpigeon
  • Collared dove
  • Blackcap