Bird Walk, April 1st 2017 10.00 – 11.45am led by Jeremy Galton

Five members met at the Holders Hill Gardens bridge just after a heavy rain shower had passed. Here we listened to the rich fluty song of two blackcaps. We heard two or three more later, newly arrived today from their wintering grounds in Spain, north-west Africa or beyond (although I had heard a single bird the day before). The other summer visitor was a chiffchaff in full song opposite the little path to Village Green. After a lot of searching in the bare treetops Kurt eventually spotted it. This individual (or another?) had been present since 18th March. Otherwise the main songs were from wren, robin, great tit, chaffinch and woodpigeon, all typical of mid-morning at this time of year. We listened to the upward-slurring whistle of a nuthatch and just once heard the yaffling call of a green woodpecker. We all had good views of two pairs of long-tailed tits and Ruth and Liz spotted a tiny bird which turned out to be a goldcrest. A pied wagtail strutted about on the far playing field together with two magpies. We turned back at the Dollis Road bridge and retraced our steps in lovely spring sunshine. Altogether we totalled 23 species.

Jeremy Galton


Sat 1st April A Bird Walk led by Jeremy Galton. Meet at the Holders Hill Bridge at 10am.
Sun 23rd April Food for Free, Foraging in WOS with Mo Aurora. Meet at the Holders Hill Bridge at 10.45 am.
Sat 24th June Our Mid-Summer Gathering. Meet at 8pm at the bottom of Windsor Road. Donald Lyven will also lead a Bat Walk with his bat detector.
Wed 1st November Our AGM at the Blue Beetle, Hendon Lane 8-10pm.