Rixton Clay Pits 28.06.16

Weather – overcast but bright , 14degrees

16 TT birders met in the Claypits car park and although rudderless without our esteemed leader we cobbled together a sort of route. We followed, as usual, the ‘red’ route initially, noting an interesting though unidentified dragonfly on a plant stem by the first pond. The first open area was notable for a good sparrowhawk sighting, perched then circling quite close, before perching again. This proved to be the best sighting of the day. A young blue tit with its yellowish cheeks was busy feeding on some seeds on reeds/rushes.

Up then to the path running along the road, the full foliage prevented good views of the pond to our right. Chiffchaff and willow warbler were both heard and seen, the chiffchaff very prominent on a small tree branch. After some discussion we made a large loop , the yellow route on the map, taking us back to the chiffchaff still singing from the very same bough, from where we completed the red route loop back to the car park. As Barbara’s list shows it was not a great birding day but the variety of plants in flower was wonderful as, of course, was the company.

Although not added to the bird list, reed bunting, whitethroat and great spotted woodpecker were heard – could our birdsong ID be improving? I suspect still woefully inadequate compared with DS!

So ends this year’s TT birding and we look forward to meeting up again in September. (DC)

Bird List (BP)

  1. Cormorant
  2. Sparrowhawk
  3. Kestrel
  4. Moorhen
  5. Coot
  6. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  7. Woodpigeon
  8. Swift
  9. House Martin
  10. Wren
  11. Robin
  12. Blackbird
  13. Whitethroat (heard)
  14. Blackcap( heard)
  15. Chiff Chaff
  16. Willow Warbler
  17. Blue Tit
  18. Treecreeper (heard)
  19. Jay
  20. Magpie
  21. Carrion Crow
  22. Greenfinch (heard)