Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Shire Brook Valley

Midweek Walk - Shire Brook Valley
Helen Ensor

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

It was a lovely sunny but cold morning for our last walk of 2019, and we had buzzard and redwing on our list even before we set off.

Our first stop was at a feeding station which initially produced blue tits, great tits, coal tits, dunnocks and robins but when a willow tit appeared we were delighted. With a spring in our step, we continued downstream spotting goldfinch, greenfinch and sparrowhawk. We struggled to identify several gulls that floated overhead against the beautiful blue sky but, eventually we agreed on black-headed, lesser black-backed and herring gulls.

After climbing onto the open heathland we were rewarded by not one, not two, but three kestrels, and they put on a fine show - circling and hovering until a couple of jackdaws decided to mob them. On our return to the centre we added jay and fieldfare, making it a very enjoyable winter walk.

Leaders: Helen & John Ensor
16 people attended

25 species were seen
Star bird: Willow tit
Other bird species seen:
Blue tit
Blackbird
Black-headed gull
Coal tit
Crow
Chaffinch
Common buzzard
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Feral pigeon
Great tit
Goldfinch
Goldcrest
Greenfinch
Herring gull
Jay
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Lesser black-back gull
Magpie
Robin
Redwing