Monday, March 24, 2014

From Stockers to Croxley

First stop Stockers Lake, walking round one half of the reserve in the hope for hirundines returned a fair selection of species including four Goldeneye (1m, 3f), a flyover Little Egret which was probably one of the half a dozen currently resident on site, over 100 Black Headed Gull, three singing Chiffchaff, two high-flying Red Kite, a drake Red-Crested Pochard, a distant soaring Common Buzzard, and a flyover Lapwing.

Heading along the causeway between Bury Lake and Stockers, a male Blackcap was heard singing from woodland adjacent to Bury Lake, and the Cetti's Warbler burst into song among the brush along the shoreline of Stockers Lake.

Wandering up to the Grand Union Canal, the flooded field at Stockers Farm was well and truly flooded and is showing promise for migrant waders.

Stockers Farm

The field held 11 Wigeon, eight Teal, and five Lapwing.  There were two Green Woodpecker and two Mistle Thrush on the field opposite the track.

Continuing the walk along the Ebury Way, a Goldcrest sang from Ivy amongst the alder, a Kingfisher called from somewhere along the river, and a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were flighty within the woodland.

Lastly, Croxley Common Moor, that held two Green Woodpeckers, a Kestrel, a loafing Red Kite, and a Sparrowhawk causing mayhem amongst the Woodpigeon.

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