Trip reports

Visit to RSPB Gayton Sands Reserve

Visit to RSPB Gayton Sands Reserve

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Assistant Warden, Stuart Taylor, raised the car park barrier and greeted us in the car park. Stuart described the local landmarks, to act as reference points, as the wide expanse of the Dee Estuary is completely featureless.

A small flock of pink-footed geese was quickly spotted, as was a marsh harrier preening. The distant peregrine falcon perched on a post proved more difficult, line of sight being Point of Ayr in Flintshire.

Moving along the sea wall we settled down to await the tide. Two short-eared owls suddenly appeared being mobbed by carrion crows and circled high into the air, eventually separating to disappear just as quickly.

A peregrine falcon (one of three eventually on display) on a hunting foray, scattered all before it, lapwing, starling, meadow pipit and wood pigeon, making the numerous little egrets take notice.

Hundreds of feeding shelduck were passed by small flocks of oystercatcher that flew along the advancing waterline. The constant trill of the skylarks was interspersed with the occasional call of the curlew.

Peter & Lesley Berrill