Thornbury

Upton Warren

Report on visit to Upton Warren, February 11th 2019
Fourteen members met at the Upton Warren nature reserve. The Sailing Pool seen from the car park had several Great crested Grebes diving long distances so difficult to follow. Also there were tufted duck, mute swans, cormorants, coot, and mallard. We moved on through the scrubby reed beds and overgrown hedges, where long tailed and blue tits flitted about. We heard that the first avocet of the season had been seen and looked for it from the first hide, visible in the distance on the second Flash. The flashes are saltwater lakes formed by water from the Droitwich salt mines. The third hide gave excellent views of numerous teal, lapwing and curlew as well as the lone avocet. A buzzard perched in an old oak before flying off to join another one. In the surrounding fields were Canada geese, crows and jackdaws. We spent some time trying to identify a little pale brown bird, perhaps a female linnet but inconclusive.
After lunch we walked on to the Moors Pools, freshwater here. The hides carefully sited with bird feeders in view ensured good sightings of chaffinch, green finch, reed buntings, coal, great, blue and long tailed tits and an acrobatic starling. Beneath the feeders, ducks, coots, moorhens, and dunnocks ate up the leavings. On the lake were pochard, Shelduck, large flocks of black headed gulls, lapwings and cormorants.
At the hide beside the North Moors lake were lots of tits, a great spotted woodpecker, and a water rail lurking in the reeds. The group who ventured further round the Moors Pool to the far hide were rewarded with excellent views of a kingfisher, a little egret, a heron and a shoveler. We returned to the cars before the car park was locked at 4p.m. having had a most rewarding day.

Great tit Blue tit Long tailed tit Coal tit
Mute swan Great crested Grebe Cormorant Black headed Gull
Coot Moorhen Avocet Lapwing
Teal, Tufted duck Mallard Curlew
Pied wagtail Jackdaw Buzzard Crow
Blackbird Sparrow Dunnock Robin
Wren Reed bunting Wood pigeon Magpie
Green finch Chaffinch Bullfinch Starling
King fisher Little Egret Heron Water Rail
Green woodpecker Greater spotted Woodpecker Shoveler
Pochard Shelduck Little grebe
Canada Goose Greylag goose Herring gull
Raven and cetti warbler (heard but not seen) 47 species