Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Hurcott Pools & Wood Nature Reserve.... 18/04/10
About time I played catch up on my blog!
Hurcott Pools & Wood Nature Reserve is roughly a ten minute drive from my home. It is an area that I really should visit more often as the Woodland birds found on this walk were a joy to see and hear. It was a lovely warm sunny day, perfect for a pasture land and woodland walk.
Highlight birds on the pasture walk were Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Kestrel, along with Chiffchaff and Blackcap heard only.
The Pool was very quiet with just a single Great Crested Grebe, Canada Goose and Heron, Coot x4, Moorhen x3, Mallards and a couple of Swallows that skimmed the water for a drink late in the afternoon. It will be interesting to see if numbers on the pool increase as the seasons change. A Bittern was seen at these pools last winter so hopefully it may return but I do not want to think of Autumn/Winter just yet after such a bitterly cold Winter...let's have Spring and a hot Summer first.lol!
The woods were alive with pairs of Nuthatch and Blackcap, great views were had of each species. Other birds seen were Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Coal, Blue & Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie. No doubt that since my walk the Bluebells are in full bloom now, there were just the odd one's starting to open when I visited.
A funny sight was the Owl perched in a tree! From a distance it looked real...well I thought it did anyway.lol!!