Trip reports

The Cuckoo Trail

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

David Jode led six group members around the muddy surrounds of the Cuckoo Trail. Apart from various crows and wood pigeon, the only large bird, and also the sole raptor observed, was a buzzard. Thrushes seen were redwing, song thrush and blackbird. A great spotted woodpecker put in appearance, but the smaller passerines made up half of the 18 species seen. They were goldfinch and chaffinch (pictured), blue tit, great tit and nuthatch, treecreeper, robin and dunnock, and the smallest of all was the wren.

David Jode has now stepped down after many years of running our midweek walks, although he will continue to lead some. We have some other volunteer leaders, but we are looking for someone to produce future programmes of walks and coordinate this activity. Is there anybody out there please?

I am sure all participants on these walks would like to thank David for his efforts.

Ian Muldoon