Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Porter Valley

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Despite the morning's snow and the wintry conditions, nine optimistic birders set off. Before even reaching Forge Dam, we had focused our binoculars on nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and ring-necked parakeet. Amongst a raft of mallards and a few moorhens on the dam were some stunning Mandarin ducks.

As the weather conditions started to improve, our list of species continued to grow. On the walk to and from Shepherd Wheel, we enjoyed good views of dipper, treecreeper, jay, goldcrest and long-tailed tit.

By the time we returned to Forge Dam, the snow had melted and the sun was shining. Two species seen here in previous years were notable by their absence - rook at Forge Dam and kingfisher at Shepherd Wheel pond - but, despite this, it had been a truly remarkable bird walk.

Leaders: Anne & John Robinson
9 people attended
29 bird species seen

Star bird: Dipper

Other bird species seen:
Blue tit
Blackbird
Black-headed gull
Coal tit
Chaffinch
Crow
Dunnock
Dipper
Great tit
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Grey wagtail
Great spotted woodpecker
Grey heron
Jay
Jackdaw
Long-tailed tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mandarin duck
Nuthatch
Robin
Redwing
Ring-necked parakeet
Song thrush
Treecreeper
Woodpigeon
Wren