Trip reports

Orrell Water park

Orrell Water park
Pale tussock moth caterpillar, H Mills

Saturday, 19 October 2013

This was a new venue for the group . The park has a good network of paths around the two former reservoirs, plus woodland and open farmland. Unfortunatley the Rangers offices was closed, and the only notice board displayed fish that had been caught there, and details of a missing cat! That apart, the outing was a rewarding one, and after watching the ducks and geese awaiting their customary feeding by the public, we had our first 'catch' of the day when a sparrowhawk flew past us into a copse.. which was why there was a scatterting of birds in front of us. Later on we had fleeting glimpses ogfa kingfisher as it sped past on two occasions. The feeding area produced a good variety of species, including a chiffchaff which normally should have left our shores by now. Perhaps it missed the check-in deadline for it's migratory flight! The water park is easily reached by both private and public transport.

27 species seen on the day
Mallard, coot, mute swan, canada gesse, wood pigeon, moorhen, jay, collarded dove, sparrowhawk, blackbird, gt tit, gt creasted grebe, magpie, chaffinch, robin, greenfinch, coal tit, blue tit, goldfinch,willow tit, dunnock, chiffchaff, kingfisher, grey wagtail, wren.

No butterflies seen but we did see an unusual caterpillar at the base if the picnic table where we had lunch. Alas, none of us could quite work out what type it was.
(Later identified as a pale tussock moth- nothing like the adult!)

Lodge Road,
Orrell WN5 7AT

John Clegg