Wendover Woods

Trip report for visit to Wendover Woods on 23rd of March.

Only three of us turned up at Wendover Woods in one car. The strong wind blowing loudly through the tree tops meant that it was going to be difficult to hear any bird song much above head height. We therefore decided to cut our losses, leave the car park before we had to pay, and do a short walk outside the main area. Although the woods looked lovely we saw only the commonest of birds and the rain started to get heavy just as we returned to the car.

We then went on to Tring Reservoirs earlier than planned, spending the rest of the morning at Wilstone. Here we saw all the common waterfowl, and Red Kites. Due to the high water levels there was no  exposed mud, so no waders. The highlights here were our first singing Chiffchaffs of the year, two Chinese Water Deer, and our first Brimstone butterfly of the year.

A brief visit to the other three reservoirs added little to the day list and hopes of a Great Crested Grebe weed dance came to naught.

Then, as we were running early we added College Farm to the agenda where, following a cuppa we were able to add Oystercatcher, Lapwing and various woodland birds to the day list. Again we just beat the heavy rain back to the car after an eventually enjoyable day that netted 37 bird species.