Group report : New Year birdwatching

For the first outing of the year we stayed local, with a scenic walk from Kenwood to Highgate, taking in some woodland, heath and several ponds along the way. We were accompanied by the sounds of cawing Crows, chattering Magpies, squawking Parakeets, squirrels rustling in the leaves, and melodious Robins guarding their territories. But more interesting sights were a Mandarin Duck, a Heron in the middle of the heathland, and – easily most excitingly – a Kingfisher. We enjoyed a very welcome hot drink at Le Pain Quotidien before making our way home, many of us on foot, in glorious sunshine.