Trip reports

Deenats and Connah's Quay

Deenats and Connah's Quay
Nick Carey

Saturday, 11 January 2020

On a blustery day, 12 brave souls braved the approaching showers.

The Deenats reserve was established in 1973 and now benefits from the protection provided under Site of Special Scientific Interest status, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, as well as enjoying Special Protection Area status.

The site has five hides and first up, was the largest and the coldest place in the area, West Hide. Despite its coldness, it does provide fine 360-degree views.

In the grass surrounding the lagoon, nine grey herons sheltered from the wind. On the marsh, there were significant numbers of lapwing, black-tailed godwit and redshank. There was a solitary greater black-blacked gull that didn't appear to move the whole time we were in the hide.

Moving to the other hides a flock of linnet were flitting between the trees on the coast side of the reserve road.

Because the remaining hides were small, the group split up. We saw a variety of species with redshank, greenshank and spotted redshank visible from one of the hides. The light was briefly good, showing up the wonderful colours of the teal.

For lunch, Bob from the Deenats committee opened the Field Study Centre and kindly provided tea, coffee and biscuits. Over lunch, a female kingfisher appeared on the pool just outside the centre.

After lunch, three of the group headed home but the rest of us went on to the 13th century Flint Castle. On the way out of the Deenats reserve, a flock of twite showed themselves. At the castle, black-headed gulls stood on the boggy grass adjacent to the castle and the odd herring gull flew nearby.

A little egret was on the sands, and in the adjacent trees, several chaffinches came to see what was going on. Walking around an inlet, a little grebe bobbed up out of the water and then disappeared.

On the bank, a teal embarrassed itself and slid down the muddy embankment to access the water.

Then off to the woods, two of the group went missing but were found! Unfortunately, nothing to be seen, except for a solitary tit on a feeder but it didn't display long enough to determine if it was a blue or great tit.

Thanks to Norman for organising the trip. In total 52 species were observed and best of all, it didn't rain!

By Nick Carey