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Northaw Great Wood & Brent Reservoir
19 - 20 November 2005
Observers: Alistair Simpson & F. Simpson
Highlights: Grey-cheeked Thrush, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Peregrine, Water Rail & Yellow-legged Gull.
19 November 2005
Train from King's Cross to Cuffley in Hertfordshire (site within the LNHS recording area), 40 minutes on the Hertford North line. A 35 minute walk to the country park. After seeing the Grey-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus) at the crack of dawn on Tueday morning in poor light, I decided to go back today and get some photographs. Bad move. By the time we arrived today there were around 200 birders all cramming for a view and the bird was not being very cooperative. After a couple of hours we had brief views of it hopping through the leaf litter and over mossy logs in the dense coppiced woodland.
Walked the rest of the 2.5 mile yellow trail finding several Nuthatch, Marsh Tit (4), Treecreeper (10+), Goldcrest, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Stock Dove, Carrion Crow, Redwing, Greenfinch, Robin, Magpie, Wren, and Dunnock.
Came back to the site late afternoon by which time most people had left. Following another brief view of the thrush, it was not until 1615h in the fading light that bird provided us with best views of the day. Looking down the small trail it regularly frequented, it appeared hopping around with a Robin and approached to within 10 metres. However, it was too dark to photograph.
20 November 2005
Brent Reservoir in north-west London is around 20 minutes walk from Hendon Central station on the west branch of the Northern Line or around 10 minutes from Hendon overground station. From Sunny Hill we walked there in a leisurely 35 minutes. From this point you can view parts of the Northern and Eastern Marshes which are best of birds and away from any sailing/boating activity. A good path goes north along the western bank from Cool Oak Bridge and most of our time was spent viewing the Northern Marsh.
around Woodfield Park and Hendon Bowling Club
Marsh from Cool Oak Lane viewpoint