Trip Report – High Batts Nature Reserve 17/3/24

For illustration only – not taken at High Batts

14 people met outside the gates to the reserve just as the sun was disappearing. However, the good news was that it didn’t start raining until after the Group left. And no wind ! The bad news was that it was a struggle to get the lock open so that the Group could drive in.

The first hide provided wonderful views of Redpoll and Siskin amongst others, with one lone female Brambling obviously not wanting to go home and start a family. Perhaps it’s too hard to leave the food. With reluctance, the Group moved on to the river area, where a hare and a female Goosander were seen, but no Kingfisher. The feeder near the tower gave really good views of a Marsh Tit and, for a change, this one hung around. The Group then split into smaller groups to find their own niches on the reserve, be it the Pond Hide, also with an overlook onto the bird feeders; the Riverside Hide; and the Hotel Hide a little further along the river, where there could be Otters.

But, without a doubt, the Redpolls were the bird of the morning.

Bird List

Yellowhammer – Blue Tit – Robin – Siskin – Redpoll – Chaffinch – Goldfinch – Tree Sparrow – Coal Tit – Great Tit – Pheasant – Greylag Goose – Mallard – Reed Bunting – Moorhen – Brambling – Nuthatch – Long-tailed Tit – Goosander – Marsh Tit – Mute Swan – Rook – Crow – Blackbird – Song Thrush (♪), Wren – Green Woodpecker – Tawny Owl – Chiffchaff

Other – Hare – Violets – Primrose – Sweet Violet – Butter Burr – Lesser Celandine  – Primrose – Sweet Violet – Dog’s Mercury – Glistening Ink Cap

Credits – Words by Vana, Photos by Elaine