Trip to Woolhampton Gravel Pits

On Sunday 21st May 2023 eight of us (some people were different from Pamber) met at The Rowbarge pub in Woolhampton to walk round the Gravel Pits. Again it was a lovely sunny day and many birds were singing, often deep in the shrubery or reedbeds so making seeing them difficult, so for many we just heard them. But birds on the lake are easier to see, so we enjoyed good views of Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Duck and Pochard plus some Canada Geese and Greylag Geese. A few Swallows and Swifts flew low over the lake sometimes dipping down to the water to get a drink on the wing. A couple of Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls flew round the lake looking for fish or large insects to eat and a pair of Mute Swans with five cygnets fed in the shallows. The whole time we were there, a Cuckoo was calling near the car park so when we got back we tried to see it, it was calling from the canal but when we got there it was by the lake then we went back there and it was back at the canal, very frustrating. Eventually most of us had a brief view of it in a tree over the river from the grounds of The Rowbarge, but a couple missed it and decided to stay on in the pub garden in the hope of getting a view of the Cuckoo but it remained elusive. Anyway it was a nice morning walk and we recorded 46 species of bird.