Trip reports

Walk at Arkholme

Great spotted woodpecker on branch

Friday, 8 June 2007

An evening meeting at which 6 members turned up on a pleasant summer evening to walk along the banks of the River Lune at Arkholme (thanks to J Mathews for showing the way).

The first bird seen was a Spotted Flycatcher flying around a front garden & then perched on a TV aerial, a further pair were seen as we walked down the lane. Also seen in the village: Goldfinch, Collared Doves, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Chaffinches & a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Swallows, House Martins & Swifts flying.
In the riverside Willows & Alders, a Willow Warbler gave good views, & a Whitethroat was heard singing, along with Sedge Warbler (neither would show themselves).
Sand Martins were in abundance hawking insects over the river, along with 4-5 pairs of Oystercatchers on the shingles, 1 pair with 3 chicks was watched at a distance, along with a Ring Plover with 4 chicks. A pair of Mute Swans with 4 cygnets patrolled up & down the river. On the edge of the shingles 3-4 Common Sandpipers were seen walking daintly amongst the stones on the waters edge.
Shelduck and Mallards were also on the river, and a Goosander (f) flew upriver. Redshanks - 2 flying & calling.
A Kingfisher was seen by 2 of the party. As we returned, another plover flew in front & landed. On checking, this turned out to be a Little Ring Plover (quite a surprise sighting). Curlews & Lapwings calling overhead in the late evening sunshine gave a surreal effect, and was a fitting end to a very enjoyable walk.

SPECIES SEEN:
Mallard, Shelduck, Goosander, Little Ringed Plover, Ring Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Chaffinch.

JWBateman (Group Leader).