Trip reports

Moses Gate Country Park - 05/01/13

Moses Gate Country Park - 05/01/13
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Saturday, 5 January 2013

19 of us attended the first trip of 2013 - a morning walk round Moses Gate Country Park.

While binoculars were unpacked and boots laced up, we were serenaded by a mistle thrush perched high on a tree overlooking the car park. Long-tailed & blue tits were also feeding in nearby bushes. We began by walking along the river Croal picking up grey heron and mallard. Great tit and woodpigeon were plentiful as we walked through the woodland, eventually reaching the confluence of the rivers Croal & Irwell. We then stood next to the canal looking up the river and were rewarded with views of not one but two dippers! A kingfisher was also spotted by some but unfortunately flew off before everyone could get to see it.

We began the walk back along the canal which was home to tufted duck and mute swan while willow tit & bullfinch were in the surrounding trees. We then headed across the main road and around Darcy Lever gravel pits which were surprisingly quiet. We finished off with a walk around Crompton Lodges which was by far the most productive part of the walk. Lesser black-backed, common & black-headed gulls were joined by goosander, cormorant, coot and Canada geese.

We might only have seen 36 species but it was nevertheless a pleasant walk in mild & sunny weather.