Trip reports

Weekend Walk - The Five Weirs Walk

Weekend Walk - The Five Weirs Walk
Helen Ensor

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Led by Peter Wingfield, seven of us set off from Blonk Street bridge in light rain. However, our spirits were soon lifted by the sight of a lovely kingfisher and two female goosanders by the Spider Bridge. At the first weir there were loads of gulls - mainly black-headed, but with a few immature lesser black-backed amongst them. We went on to see another kingfisher and a grey heron and, at Salmon Pastures, we came across a flock of long-tailed tits and goldfinches feeding in the riverside treetops.

One thing we couldn't ignore was the damage and debris left by the recent floods; in fact, two sections of the walk were closed due to walls and footpaths being washed away. Once back on track, we headed on to Meadowhall where, because it was still raining, we decided to call it a day, happy to have seen 22 different bird species in such an urban area!

Star bird: Kingfisher

Other birds seen:
Blue tit
Blackbird
Black-headed gull
Crow
Cormorant
Dunnock
Feral pigeon
Great tit
Goldfinch
Goosander
Grey heron
Great black-backed gull
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Long-tailed tit
Lesser black-backed gull
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Pied wagtail
Robin
Wren