Frensham Great Pond

Ten members met for the final walk of 2021 at Frensham.  There was a Pied Wagtail in the car park.  Along the lake were Tufted Duck, Black Headed Gulls, Coots, Moorhen, Mallards and Great Crested Grebes out on the water.  A Grey Heron flew over our heads and perched in a tree while a Carrion Crow looked on.  A couple of us glimpsed a Red Kite disappearing  behind some trees. The Hotel and Sailing Club end of the lake seemed to be ‘Pochard corner” where a large group of splendid looking males were gathered.  Although a male Goldeneye had been reported on Friday, there was no sign of it today.

The path alongside the overflow stream was productive and we stood and watched a mixed group of Tits which included Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit and Marsh Tit.  We also saw a couple of Goldcrests, two Siskin, a Treecreeper and a Jay.  The path that loops back around the outflow pond was extremely quiet and sadly no Firecrest was seen on this occasion.

We walked around the far side of the pond on the return journey which was also rather quiet with no heathland birds in evidence though we did add Magpie to the list.  Back at the car park a lone Redwing flew around in a circle overhead seemingly rather confused, bringing the total of species seen to 32 plus Pheasant, Stock Dove and Nuthatch heard only. All in all a very pleasant final outing of the year for the group.

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