Trip reports

Visit to Scorton and Wyresdale fisheries

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

17 people turned up on a beautiful Spring morning at the Scorton picnic site. One of the earliest to arrive reported 2 Long-tailed Tits in the car park. As we walked through the wood beside the river, we saw and heard numerous Blackcaps (about 12), 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs, but only one Willow Warbler. In spite of thorough searching, no Dippers were seen, but we had a brief glimpse of a Kingfisher and a good view of a Grey Wagtail. The wood was full of Spring flowers including bluebells, stitchwort and golden saxifrage. Other birds seen/heard included Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Jay, a Mallard with 11 chicks, Wren, Blackbird, Blue and Great Tits, Magpie and a pair of Mute Swans making a nest.
We moved to the road bridge over the Wyre and were rewarded with better Kingfisher sightings and two Dippers, one a juvenile. A walk down the Park path gave little new, a couple more Willow Warblers and a very good view of a Grey Wagtail.
After lunch, 5 members moved to Wyresdale Fisheries where they saw numerous Great Crested Grebes, including one female trying to keep 4 youngsters on her back while the male was ferrying fish to feed them. Also seen were Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Coot and Moorhen. The nearby Wyre provided another Kingfisher and another pair of Dippers, 2 flying House Martins and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. 5 Lesser Redpoll and a Mistle Thrush completed a good day's birding.