9 members met at Burnham Wick Farm on a warm, sunny morning.
We were greeted by Martin who said that there was not a lot of bird life on the farm at the moment but told us what we were likely to see. He also said that they had seen a pair of muntjac with a little spotty fawn on the farm not long ago, and, much to their surprise, there was a young red deer stag hanging around for a couple of days last week. They have no idea where it might have come from. It “pruned” their apple trees, eating all the apples and young tender shoots that it could reach and then it disappeared again! He said that the Barn Owls had not so far bred successfully this year.
Walking down to the Reservoir we didn’t see much bird life but on the Reservoir there were a number of Pochards, a Mute Swan, Cormorant, Greylag, Little Grebe and a few Swallows flew overhead. There were also a few Dragonflies darting around which we were unable to identify. There were very few Butterflies and the ones we did see are listed below: also the Wild Flowers identified by the experts among us.
Walking down to the seawall Whitethroats, Pied Wagtails and Goldfinches were seen.
A very enjoyable walk with lovely surroundings and good company on a perfect summer day.
Birds: Swallow, Little Grebe, Pochard, Greylag Goose, Collared Dove, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Green Woodpecker, Moorhen, Pied Wagtail
Butterflies: Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Blue, Red Admiral
Wild Flowers: Bramble, Bristly Ox-tongue, Creeping Buttercup, Dandelion, Field Bindweed, Mallow, Marsh Thistle, Ribwort Plantain, Small-flowered Cranesbill
Other: Squirrel, Dragonflies, White-tailed bumble bee, Grasshopper
NEXT MEETING: Abberton Reservoir – 8 September 2021 – Meet in Visitors Centre at 10 a.m.
Joy Deacon Jill Taylor