Field Reports

Friday 14th February 2020              Chidham              Leader:  John Kelsall

Fourteen members plus one guest met up in the car park on a dry cloudy morning. It was a good start to our Field Outing since a kingfisher was seen by the pond just before arriving at the car park and a robin was singing at the car park.

We first walked beside a field where unfortunately a bird scarer was going off “bang” at regular intervals. However, despite this, a green woodpecker was heard with its distinctive laughing call. Two wigeon flew overhead and a moorhen was heard from the pond hidden on the other side of the hedge. We were all careful that we did not slip as we walked down a slight decline onto a very muddy path beside a ditch filled with water. Sharp eyes noticed some large clumps of frogspawn in the ditch and primroses were out on the side of the ditch. A queen buff tailed bumblebee was seen and photographed.

The muddy path led onto a lane where a songthrush was heard singing. White prunus was flowering and hart’s tongue was growing on the grass below. A great spotted woodpecker could be seen just below the top of a bare branched tree. Around this location we either saw or heard a variety of birds including buzzard, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, stock dove, starling, blackbird and goldfinch to mention a few.

We crossed over a lane and walked towards the Bosham inlet. The tide was coming in and the sun started to shine intermittently. A big flock of Brent Geese was seen, also a mute swan, grey plover, shelduck, little egret flying upstream, little grebe and great crested grebe diving down and bobbing back up, merganser, redshank and curlew.

We slipped and slid along the very muddy towpath. Another bumblebee was spotted looking somewhat dazed. It was carefully picked up, warmed in the hand and then very carefully deposited onto an open dandelion flower. Our route then turns 90 degrees to the right away from the inlet onto a footpath with a tall hedge to the left and a planted field to the right.  Skylarks were singing overhead and two of them flew left low over our heads to the other side of the hedge. Two rooks were on the ground in the field.

Altogether 37 bird species were counted which was a very good number considering the first part of our walk was accompanied by the sound of the bird scarers.

It was very kind of John Kelsall to agree to be our Leader since he has been taking things at an easier pace. He didn’t complete the whole circuit and we all wish him a very speedy recovery.

Bird Species List: Robin,Kingfisher (near pond just before car park),Green woodpecker, Wigeon – flying, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Blue tit, Collared dove, Crow, Magpie, Song thrush, Starling, Stock dove, Blackbird, Pheasant, Goldfinch, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Great spotted woodpecker, Chaffinch, Brent geese (reached creek), Mute swan, White doves (flock), Grey plover, Shelduck, Little egret, Little grebe, Oyster catcher, Cormorant, Redshank (sun came out), Great crested grebe, Merganser, Curlew, Skylark, Rook, Dunnock. Total 37

OTHER
Teasels, primroses, white prunus, hart’s tongue
Frog spawn, queen buff tailed bumblebee, (also a bumblebee found dazed, put onto dandelion flower)

Daphne Flach



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