Trip reports

Visit to Hodbarrow RSPB, Millom

Visit to Hodbarrow RSPB, Millom
Hodbarrow (c) Ken Harrison

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Eleven Lancaster RSPB Local Group members met at the Hodbarrow car park to visit this coastal lagoon and grasslands, located on the site of a former iron mine at Millom in Cumbria. As we made our way along the path a family of whitethroats flew among the hawthorns and goldfinches sang from the other side of the path. Several mute swans and great crested grebes were visible on the lagoon.

Curlews and a single bar-tailed godwit fed on the estuary mud, while eiders swan along the channel. We slowly made our way towards the hide as several sandwich terns flew over, carrying sandeels to feed to their chicks. Once inside the hide we enjoyed our lunch while watching the many sandwich terns with their chicks. A few common terns and little terns were also in the colony. Oystercatchers also fed chicks, while a pair of ringed plovers and a few lapwings, plus a common sandpiper, were the only waders present. Canada and greylag geese were joined by a pair of bar-headed geese! A family of red-breasted mergansers were in one of the bays, while several grey herons were perched in trees on the far side of the lagoon.

We found pyramidal and bee orchids before making our way back to the car park to return home.

Bird list:
Whitethroat, goldfinch, great tit, herring gull, mute swan, canada goose, eider, curlew, bar-tailed godwit, oystercatcher, sandwich tern, tufted dusk, great crested grebe, great black-backed gull, greylag goose, black-headed gull, common tern, starling, lapwing, little tern, red-breasted merganser, shoveler, common sandpiper, pied wagtail, ringed plover, mallard, bar-headed goose, grey heron, carrion crow, wood pigeon, shelduck, meadow pipit, linnet, magpie, willow warbler.