Trip reports

Turton 14/12/13

Turton 14/12/13
Lesley McManus

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Our annual walk round the Turton area began, as usual, at the Rose & Crown in Edgworth. As we were stood waiting for everyone to arrive jackdaws were seen circling the nearby trees and a cormorant flew over.

We set off down Bury Road then turned off down the path past the small reservoir to Turton Bottoms. A small number of redwing were at the top of a distant tree and on the reservoir itself were mallard, black-headed gulls and goosander. A pair of nuthatches was noisily calling to each other in the trees and, after a bit of searching, they were both seen. Blue tits, collared doves and blackbirds were abundant, all making the most of the mild weather.

As we walked down Broadhead Brook towards Jumbles Reservoir a pair of dipper were whizzing up and down. A grey heron was fishing in the shallows and a grey wagtail was also seen feeding at the water's edge.

As we reached Jumbles itself, a lone pochard was diving for food and the resident flock of Canada geese swan over to the bank hoping we had bread to give them - they were very disappointed! A number of gulls were on the water - lesser black backed, black-headed and common. A couple of great crested grebes were also present.
We walked up Horrobin Lane to the main road then through the grounds of Turton Tower before heading up into Chapeltown. Goldfinches, coal tits and a mistle thrush were added to the list.

The last leg of the walk was around Wayoh Reservoir which was fairly quiet but tufted duck & teal were spotted.

We then retreated to the Rose & Crown for a very enjoyable lunch.