Wildlife Walk – What Have You Spotted At The Pond?



Peter Hutchins, Basingstoke RSPB writes:

On Saturday 26th September 2009, I led a group of 22 wildlife watchers on a walk that covered the north-eastern /eastern side of the pond and the adjacent wood and heathland. A temperature in the high teens and the lack of wind, due primarily to the woodland cover, ensured a pleasant walk that lasted for a little over 1½ hours; the mid-afternoon sun being particularly obvious as the group lingered on the Boathouse jetty at the north-eastern corner of the pond towards the end of this time in the field.

For those of a listing nature, please find below the species that were recorded during the walk:

  1. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Teal Anas crecca: three duck / eclipse drake were on the marsh below Sandhills Viewpoint
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus: 15 were active about the pond
  6. Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo: three were on wooden ‘platforms’ within the pond
  7. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea: one was heard
  8. Water Rail Rallus aquaticus: two were vocal in the marsh at Sandhills Viewpoint
  9. Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  10. Coot Fulica atra
  11. Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus: three endlessly moved about the pond
  12. Herring Gull Larus argentatus: an adult was seen on the pond
  13. Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
  14. Green Woodpecker Picus viridis: at least two birds were seen with another being heard
  15. Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major: two were seen, albeit briefly, with at least another two being heard
  16. Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis: just two were noted moving overhead, both heard vocalising
  17. Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
  18. Robin Erithacus rubecula
  19. Blackbird Turdus merula
  20. Song Thrush Turdus philomelus
  21. Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita: a single bird was seen among a mixed feeding flock
  22. Goldcrest Regulus regulus
  23. Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
  24. Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
  25. Great Tit Parus major
  26. Coal Tit Periparus ater
  27. Treecreeper Certhia familiaris: an all too elusive bird was heard
  28. Jay Garrulus glandarius: two were seen, one lingering in the open
  29. Magpie Pica pica
  30. Jackdaw Corvus monedula
  31. Carrion Crow Corvus corone
  32. Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  33. Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis: one preening in trees by the jetty remained vocal throughout its’ prolonged stay 
  34. Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis: three were seen, all being fairly confiding
  35. Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas: one showed especially well as it sunned itself on low vegetation
  36. Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae: one was seen high in an Oak canopy
  37. Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria: at least four were seen, two showing very well as they rested on sunlit leaves / fencing 
  38. Vapourer Orgyia antique: a male was seen on the wing
  39. Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea: one of these was seen over the marsh at Sandhills Viewpoint and then at least a further two were by the jetty
  40. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum: at least eight were on the wing, including one pair in a ‘mating wheel’ 
  41. Wood Ant Formica rufa: several (!) were seen as a nest was disturbed 
  42. Common Wasp Vespa vulgaris: one was about the group at the end of the walk

Peter E. Hutchins

PS – Can you beat this? If you’ve made your own list, we’d love to hear from you!  



Photo credits: Michelle Salter


One Response to Wildlife Walk – What Have You Spotted At The Pond?

  1. I’ve not seen that much in one go. However it did inspire me with an excuse to go back and look through the posts and pull out photos of the wildlife that I have seen in the last year there. Ok some of them are still not identified but I’m working on it. You can look at the page HERE

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