Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Redmires

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

We couldn't believe our luck; bright sunshine and very little wind made perfect conditions for watching wildlife! The magic began as soon as we scanned the shores of the reservoir and found Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and Dunlin - the latter a new bird for our 'walks list'.

Once on the conduit path, it just got better, with Lapwing displaying and Curlew calling overhead. In a small conifer plantation, we were thrilled to see a Redstart and two Woodcocks which we spent a long time watching. We also managed to get terrific views of Water Vole in the shallow water course.  

As we continued along the conduit, we added Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Linnet, Wheatear, Red Grouse and Buzzard to our list. Then we hit the jackpot with a stunning male Ring Ouzel and, as we savoured the moment, a Cuckoo started calling from far away making a fitting end to a memorable walk.

38 people attended
32 species bird seen
Star Bird: Woodcock

Full list of bird species:
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Common Sandpiper
Curlew
Cuckoo
Chiffchaff
Chaffinch
Crow
Dunlin
Grey Wagtail
Goldcrest
Greylag Goose
Goldfinch
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lapwing
Linnet
Mistle Thrush
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Robin
Redstart
Red Grouse
Ring Ouzel
Reed Bunting
Swallow
Skylark
Sparrowhawk
Wren
Woodcock
Willow Warbler
Wheatear