Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Porter Valley

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

We assembled at Forge Dam on a lovely sunny morning, even though the thermometer was only nudging zero degrees Celsius. Despite the cold, there was plenty of bird activity with Great Tit, Blue Tit and Nuthatch calling and a Chaffinch in full song. The Rooks were very busy nest building in the rookery, apparently totally unconcerned by the freezing conditions.

As we walked down the valley, we saw Long-tailed Tit and Treecreeper; a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming loudly but we failed to locate it. We saw two Grey Herons; one was patiently fishing in Wire Mill Dam, while the other was sunbathing high up in a tree .

The best was kept until last in the form of a Kingfisher, which appeared right on cue at Shepherd's Wheel, followed by Dippers in full song beneath the parapet of a bridge. Their haunting song seemed to be amplified by the concrete pipework beneath the bridge. It was a remarkable experience and a fitting end to a very enjoyable walk. Thank you June.

47 people attended
27 bird species seen
Star bird: Kingfisher - because everyone saw it.

Full List:
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Black-headed Gull
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Dunnock
Dipper
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Grey Wagtail
Grey Heron
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Jackdaw
Kingfisher
Long-tailed Tit
Mallard
Moorhen
Magpie
Nuthatch
Rook
Robin
Song Thrush
Wren
Wood Pigeon