Dunham Park 07.07.15

Somewhat wet at times!

Nineteen members of TT assembled in the car park at Dunham, looking forward to the final official session of the term. Undaunted by gathering dark clouds, the group decided to follow the traditional route of the canal towpath, then back into the park. Maybe not such a good plan, as the towpath offered little cover from the first cloudburst – though sightings of wren, house martins and a song thrush had already been enjoyed by many. As the rain ceased, a chiffchaff on a high branch brought attention to itself with its easily recognised call, swallows skimmed along the canal and a buzzard soared above the field across the water.
Back in the village a few eagle-eyed members caught a glimpse of a kingfisher on the river, while the majority of the group spent quite a while peering over a gate identifying — a great tit! Well, it was quite a long way away.
By the time the park stile was reached, clouds once again looked ominous, so sensible people decided to call it a day, while a foolhardy number went on their first green woodpecker hunt and became drenched when the heavens opened once again. A unanimous decision was made to retire to the café for refreshment and chat.
Feeling revived and dry, and tempted by a few rays of sunshine an unstoppable 8 ventured forth once again in search of the elusive woodpecker. Encouraged by sightings of little grebe, nuthatch and coal tit , despite more heavy rain, the now definitely bedraggled group reached the deer house. Optimism began to dwindle as the only sighting on the ground was a carrion crow feeding its young with a poor unsuspecting, and wriggling, frog.
Home now calling, the group returned to the main path when persistence was rewarded by the sight of not just one, but two……green woodpeckers flying from their favoured anthills into the trees where they teasingly flitted back and forth across the track. Success! (MH)

Bird List (BP)

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Cormorant
  3. Grey Heron
  4. Mute Swan
  5. Canada Goose
  6. Mallard
  7. Tufted Duck
  8. Buzzard
  9. Kestrel
  10. Moorhen
  11. Coot
  12. Black-headed Gull
  13. Woodpigeon
  14. Swift
  15. Kingfisher
  16. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  17. Green Woodpecker
  18. Sand Martin
  19. Swallow
  20. House Martin
  21. Pied Wagtail
  22. Wren
  23. Blackbird
  24. Song Thrush
  25. Chiffchaff
  26. Robin
  27. Coal Tit
  28. Great Tit
  29. Blue Tit
  30. Nuthatch
  31. Magpie
  32. Carrion Crow
  33. Starling
  34. House Sparrow
  35. Chaffinch
  36. Goldfinch
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