Trip reports


Howard Mills - Leeds - liverpool Canal at Burscough

Saturday, 28 May 2016

A walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal; between Pinfold and Burscough on a very pleasant spring day. A total of about 5 miles along the towpath in a predominantly agricultural landscape. Throughout the walk it was generally quiet noting the species seen, but nevertheless quite rewarding. The number of swallows and house martins seen seemed to be down on what would be normally expected. Good close up sightings were of Whitethroat, Goldfinch, reed bunting and a female yellowhammer, The latter not as colourful as the male, still a lovely sight. Towards the end of the walk, we witnessed a skirmish between a moorhen and a mallard, the latter obviously getting a little too near to the moorhen's nest. Boat traffic on the canal was quite busy. One boat that passed was called 'Plan B', we asked the what owners what happened to' Plan A' , to which they replied 'it sank'. Ah well ask a silly question..... For those who stayed at home, well the leader treated everyone to a toasted teacake and a cup of tea at the end!!
27 species seen -
Mallard, whitethroat, blackbird, moorhen, wood pigeon, swallow, starling, coot, robin, long tailed tit, crow, blue tit, house sparrow, black headed gull, wren, goldfinch, chaffinch, reed bunting, dunnock, magpie, house martin, jackdaw, sedge warbler, yellowhammer. Butterflies: large and small white, orange tip and speckled wood.