Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Five Weirs Walk

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

It was a lovely warm summer morning when we started our walk from Blonk Street bridge. Sand Martins were skimming above the river and two Grey Wagtails were flitting from rock to rock. There was an assortment of bird life at the first weir including Canada Geese, Moorhens, three species of gull and some dubious looking ducks and geese.

At Salmon Pastures, we had Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, and Blackcap and we constantly scanned the river for Kingfishers. We should have been looking up however because Helen Foley spotted two raptors high above us that turned out to be a Common Buzzard and a Red Kite. The elusive Kingfisher did make a brief appearance, but only one of our party managed to see it.

Unfortunately, the fifth weir section was closed for repair and so we had to make a short detour to Meadowhall by road. This did however give us the unexpected bonus of seeing some splendid Bee Orchids.

After lunch at Meadowhall, most of the group decided to take the tram back, leaving just three of us to retrace our steps along the canal. We made the four miles at a good pace but still managed to add Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Greenfinch and Dunnock to our list.

17 people attended
30 Species seen
Star Bird: Sand Martin - as it was present in good numbers for the whole of our walk

Full List of bird sightings:
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Blackcap
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Grey Wagtail
House Sparrow
Herring Gull
Jackdaw
Kingfisher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Mallard
Moorhen
Magpie
Pied Wagtail
Red Kite
Robin
Sand Martin
Song Thrush
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren