Trip reports

Winter walk round Turton 15/12/12

Winter walk round Turton 15/12/12
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Our annual walk around Turton began with the addition of 2 new members to the group - it's always nice to see new faces joining our trips!

We headed off down a path which joins the Witton Weaver's Way and along the banks of a millpond before dropping down to Turton Bottoms. The paths were all somewhat muddy after the amount of rain we have had recently but at least it wasn't too cold. We soon picked up our first birds of the morning - blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and a grey heron which was standing in the middle of the stream waiting for an unsuspecting fish to swim too close. At least one member of the group also saw a pair of dipper flying past.

We walked alongside Broadhead Brook to the top end of Jumbles reservoir then up onto the fields above the water. Here we found redwing, fieldfare & mistle thrushes feeding in the grass along with meadow pipits. As we walked back down the road to the main car park, a sparrowhawk flew across in front of us. On Jumbles itself were goosanders (both male & female), common, lesser black-backed and black-headed gulls. A lone pochard was a nice surprise.

We crossed the bridge at the north end of the reservoir and headed up the steps and across the fields to come out on the main road near Turton Tower. Up the main road we went, turning along Station Road to get a good view of the nearby fields. Goldfinch and greenfinch were added before we returned to the main road in the middle of Chapeltown village. The last leg of our walk was along the shore of Wayoh reservoir. We paused to watch the feeders at the bottom of the access road to the reservoir and had lovely views of coal tit & brambling. Some also saw a lesser redpoll. On the reservoir itself were goldeneye, tufted duck & more goosander.

By the time we returned to our starting point stomachs were definitely starting to rumble. We all enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal complete with crackers. Thank you to the Rose & Crown for making us so welcome.
A total of 40 species were seen.