Trip reports

Weekend Walk - Orgreave

Drake teal profile

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Like so many of South Yorkshire's birding sites, the lakes and surrounding areas at Orgreave are a remnant of the coal industry. Having been both deep-mined and opencasted, part of the area is now being developed to form the new 'Waverley' Community - combining new residential and commercial areas with parkland, lakes and woodland. The area is now proving attractive to a wide range of birds and is developing as one of the more regularly watched sites in our area.

We started our walk by the sports ground in Treeton - just over the border in Rotherham. This residential area had the usual birds associated with human habitation including House Sparrow.

From the vantage point of the bridge, some of us caught our first sight for that winter of Redwing, feeding in the hawthorn bushes beside the railway. Between here and the river, we passed through an area of scrub and young woodland in which we saw Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Blackbird and Song Thrush.

Crossing the River Rother, we approached the lakes - home to a variety of wildfowl including Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck and Pochard.

Heading anti-clockwise around the lakes, we saw Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Lapwing, Cormorant and Grey Heron but what some of us thought might be a Little Egret turned out to be a white plastic carrier bag blowing in the wind! The rough grassland around the lakes had a variety of small birds including Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Linnet and Goldfinch and a Kestrel hovered above.

On our way back to Treeton along the banks of the river, we kept our eyes out for Kingfisher but, unfortunately, none were to be seen.

Although the morning had been very overcast and quite windy, this was nevertheless an interesting and relatively fruitful walk in a place which many of the group had not previously visited.

36 bird species seen
Star Bird: Redwing

Full list of birds seen:
Blackbird
Black-headed Gull
Blue Tit
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Coot
Cormorant
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Great-crested Grebe
Great Tit
Grey Heron
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little Grebe
Linnet
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Redwing
Robin
Skylark
Song Thrush
Starling
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Teal
Tufted Duck
Wigeon
Wood Pigeon
Wren