Photos & Sightings

Seventeen Bird Species Spotted on The Hook

Posted on  by Sandy Allan

A common whitethroat – present on The Hook

Keith Rainford led a bird walk on Sunday 21st July through The Hook as part of the activity day. Here is his report:

A very leisurely stroll by about 20 people and children for about an hour through the middle part of the Hook. Numbers of birds and species were low but we started off on a high with a male Linnet again present; only the second bird seen on the Hook. A single Swallow passed over as did a couple of Collared Doves. Feral and Wood Pigeons were common sightings over the group while, and very strangely, only 2 Carrion Crows and 2 Magpies were noted and only 1 Rook heard. The middle part of the walk had most activity with good numbers of Goldfinch and Greenfinch being seen and heard. All birds however seemed very skittish and it was almost impossible to get any good shots in the telescope. A single Robin and Wren were seen and very distant views of at least 1 Swift. A number of Black-headed Gulls also made leisurely crossings overhead. The only summer warbler encountered was the Common Whitethroat which at least a couple of people managed to get a view of through the scope.

Total species seen was 17. List as follows:

Robin, Common Whitethroat, Wren, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Collered Dove, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Linnet, Starling, Rook, Swallow, Swift.

Photos from our ‘Postcards from The Hook’ showcase 2018.