Field Trip Report Warnham Reserve on 21st February 2024

The day was cold, windy, and very wet. It rained hard for most of the day, despite which we welcomed eight members, suitably attired for the weather, and enjoyed an unexpectedly good mornings bird watching. At this time of year birds feed almost continuously and the two woodland hides provided fine views of the common species, as well as some less common such as this bullfinch, who made an appearance towards the end of the walk and stayed for some time for us to enjoy.

We kept relatively dry in the shelter of the several hides overlooking the feeders and the mill pond but were very grateful for the hot drink and light snack in the café when we finished.

The birding was exceptionally good and the highlights were

  • Reed Bunting
  • Siskin
  • Bullfinch

The other species seen on this visit were:

Heron, Cormorant, Swan, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pheasant, Feral Pigeon,  Great-spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Robin, Nuthatch, Grey wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed tit, Marsh Tit, Wren, Redwing, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting (male), Magpie, Crow.

Bullfinch. Paul Stillman
Bullfinch. Taken by Dr Paul Stillman