Trip reports

North-side Dingle Walk on Monday 26th January 2015

North-side Dingle Walk on Monday 26th January 2015
Richard Straton

Monday, 26 January 2015

Skeins of greylag geese flew over and then, no sooner had the party set off, but the clouds did vanish, leaving a bright blue-skied sunny day with temperatures around nine degrees Centigrade.
A pleasant walk was enjoyed down alongside the ancient woodland to the partially boarded walk through reeds. Tits and finches sang as though it was a spring morning. A few redwings were also seen. Alas, no woodcock erupted from the bracken bordering the track down to Dingle Marshes, as had been seen the previous week.
Having had a look out across the reedbeds, where marsh harriers and a grey heron flew, the party then set off along the northern side of the marshes through grassland, gorse and deciduous and pine trees. A brief stop was made to chat to reed sheavers and stackers.
As we then emerged from a shrub bordered track, a fine flock of Manx Loaghtan sheep stood and turned to face us. The rare breed with deep brown wool originates from the Isle of Man and both sexes sport two to six horns. The rams, with impressive four horns, caused momentary concern for some . . . but the whole flock simply turned and walked away when the muttering of mint sauce was heard.
Birds seen and identified during the walk were: blackbird, black-headed gull, blue tit, buzzard, carrion crow, chaffinch, coal tit, dunnock, goldcrest, great tit, grey heron, greylag goose, herring gull, jackdaw, kestrel, lesser black-backed gull, magpie. marsh harrier, pheasant, redwing, robin, skylark, woodpigeon and wren.

Richard Straton