Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve – Saturday 23 November 2019

Saturday 23 November 2019,  09.45 to 15.00


The Middleton Lakes reserve comprises a mosaic of wetlands, meadows and woodland in the Tame valley, near Tamworth.  Our previous visit was three years ago, also in November.  Maps were provided by the very friendly and helpful husband and wife team volunteering at the cabin.

The forecast for the day wasn’t brilliant but the weather turned out rather better.  We had a decent dry period for much of our stay although the rather overcast skies and poor light made identification at a distance somewhat tricky.  The woodland paths gave us close up sightings of the tits, nuthatches and chaffinches.  We also had a brief view of a Twite.  Over the lagoons there were numerous Greylag Geese and a Great White as well as Little Egrets – plenty to see while we demolished our sandwiches in the comfort of the Lookout hide.  All in all, it was a most enjoyable day and we look forward to revisiting the reserve in the future.

Members participating:    4 


Bird list (46 species seen and/or heard)

Cormorant Moorhen Long-tailed Tit
Little Egret Coot Coal Tit
Great White Egret Lapwing Blue Tit
Grey Heron Snipe Great Tit
Mute Swan Black-Headed Gull Nuthatch
Greylag Goose Woodpigeon Magpie
Canada Goose Great Spotted Woodpecker Jackdaw
Wigeon Wren Carrion Crow
Gadwall Dunnock Raven
Teal Robin Starling
Mallard Stonechat House Sparrow
Shoveler Blackbird Chaffinch
Tufted Duck Song Thrush Goldfinch
Sparrowhawk Redwing Twite
Buzzard Cetti’s Warbler Bullfinch