Winter Bird Walk 2020 – will you see a Waxwing?

Waxwing
Waxwing
Waxwings migrate from the boreal forests of continental Europe to spend their winters with us in search of rowan and other berries.

Winter Bird Walk 2020

The first guided walk of the year at Hillhouse Wood takes place on Saturday 29th February when Steve Hallam leads the Winter Bird Walk 2020.  Walkers should meet at the Old Church at 10 am (weather permitting), wearing

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Nuthatches Moved In

Nuthatches Moved In To Hillhouse Wood

Nuthatches moved in to Hillhouse Wood about four years ago, having been absent for at least thirty years.  They are lively and attractive birds who move in quick hops and short flights from branch to branch and are often seen running down a tree looking for food hidden in the bark.  The RSPB describes them as follows: Continue reading “Nuthatches Moved In”

Winter Bird Walk 2016

Winter Bird Walk 2016Winter Bird Walk 2016

The first guided walk of the year at Hillhouse Wood takes place this coming weekend (Saturday 27th February), when Steve Hallam leads the Winter Bird Walk 2016.  Walkers, who should meet at the Old Church at 10am  (weather permitting), wearing stout footwear and warm clothing, can expect to see a range of resident woodland and meadow species as well as some winter visitors.  You are also advised to bring a flask of hot drink with you.

Dawn Chorus walks in previous years have seen as many as 20 species registered, most being native, so who knows how many you might see with the added ‘winter visitors’?

[See the report of the walk here.]

Winter Bird Walk 2015

winter bird walk 2015

Winter Bird Walk 2015

Next Saturday 7th February, sees the first guided walk of the year in Hillhouse Wood, lead by Steve Hallam in and around the wood, walkers can expect to see a range of resident woodland and meadow species as well as some winter visitors.  Who knows what you might see but, to quote the Essex Wildlife Trust  talking about Essex Woodlands:

Our woodlands come alive at dawn – tawny owls hoot to each other, and wrens, blackcaps and warblers fill the air with song. Great spotted woodpeckers, treecreepers and jays visit broadleaved and mixed woods, while goldcrests and rare crossbills flit between the trees of conifer forests.

Typical woodland wildlife in Essex includes: Tawny owl, sparrowhawk, great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, nuthatch, jay, blackcap, garden warbler, nightingale, goldcrest, coal tit, crossbill, firecrest, roe deer, red deer, badger, fox, grey squirrel, red squirrel, wood mouse, dormouse, bluebell, wood sorrel, early-purple orchid, wood anemone, dog’s mercury, primrose, herb-Paris, red campion, oak, ash, beech, field maple, hornbeam, birch, Scots pine, lesser stag beetle

Meeting at the Old Church at 9:30am (weather permitting), you are advised to wear stout footwear and warm clothing and to bring a flask of hot drink.

Winter birds at Hillhouse Wood

Song ThrushWinter bird walk – Saturday 8th February

Weather permitting, Steve Hallam will lead a winter bird walk in and near Hillhouse Wood, offering a chance to see resident woodland and meadow species and some winter visitors.   Stout footwear and warm clothing are advised, as well as a flask of hot drink.

If you want to join Steve then meet him at the Old Church at 09:30.

Winter Bird Walk – 2nd February

Poster for Hillhouse Wood winter bird walkSteve Hallam will lead a winter bird walk in and around Hillhouse Wood on Saturday 2nd February.

The walk will afford the opportunity to see resident woodland and meadow species as well as some winter visitors.

Meeting at the Old Church at 9:30am (weather permitting), it is advised that you wear stout footwear and warm clothing and to bring a flask of hot drink.