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Friday, 12 April 2019

Riverside Nature Park Field Trip 10 April

Riverside Nature Park Field Trip 10 April

As part of the Dundee Afternoon Lecture series the Dundee RSPB Group led a walk round the Riverside Nature Park in Dundee. A glorious sunny day with little wind brought along 31 people (aged between 8 and 85). The Park was opened in 2011 on land that was previously the municipal rubbish dump. It has been landscaped with several small areas of water and strips of woodland which have so far led to an impressive 140+ bird species being seen on the site.
At the car park an early male blackcap gave us good views as we walked away to the eastern part of the Park. The marshy are had dried out but a pair of peacock butterflies were of interest. Over the airfield we could hear a skylark singing and, in the first group of trees, some people heard a chiffchaff. On our way along to the lochan a lone long-tailed tit flew by and several more butterflies (small tortoiseshell and small white) were spotted. The three highland cattle were enjoying themselves near the water and several teal, a pair of moorhen and a pied wagtail were visible. A little bit further on, on the way to the 'hide' two bullfinches flew over and a buzzard was seen in the distance. With a low tide there was little to see from the hide other than a sparrowhawk, mallard and mute swan. On the return walk along the coastline we could see lots of waders on the shore. These were mainly redshanks and godwits although a curlew was heard. Further on there were a few eider ducks, a cormorant and six seals. On the way back to the cars a lovely male yellowhammer perched in a bush giving everyone a good view.
In all 35 species were seen. The people who came along seemed to enjoy the walk and gave generous donations (£49.10) to the group for the pleasant afternoon.

Birds seen: buzzard, blackcap, goldfinch, blackbird, magpie, jackdaw, woodpigeon, feral pigeon, chiffchaff, chaffinch, long-tailed tit, pied wagtail, moorhen, teal, oystercatcher, bullfinch, blue tit, great tit, skylark, sparrowhawk, mute swan, mallard, shelduck, redshank, curlew, eider, cormorant, godwit, greenfinch, black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull, yellowhammer, dunnock, robin, grey heron.