Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Rivelin Valley

Midweek Walk - Rivelin Valley
The River Rivelin Photo: Helen Ensor

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Fortunately, we found that we had chosen a lovely, mild, sunny, autumnal morning for our second walk since these restarted. Having set off from near Rivelin fire station led by Sue Shaw, we were soon at Havelock Dam where we were greeted by moorhens, mallards, a farmyard goose and several spectacular Mandarin ducks. High in a nearby tree, a lone grey heron perched and observed us with great interest. It then seemed to follow us, reappearing in a tree by the café - by which point we had added treecreeper, nuthatch and long-tailed tit to our sightings.

Climbing up Roscoe Bank we were rewarded by stunning views over the valley's woodlands with their amazing autumn colours. A hungry sparrowhawk, on its quest for a tasty meal, floated overhead with its effortless 'flap, flap, glide' motion. The dense leaf cover meant we struggled to identify a lot of the small birds, consoling ourselves with the knowledge that these deciduous leaves would soon be 'gone with the wind'.

Hind Wheel marked the limit of our journey up the valley and, from there, we returned via Fox Hagg to rejoin the river, along which we got good views of a grey wagtail. Unfortunately, dipper - a bird we really wanted to see - eluded us.

25 people attended - 21 species.

Star bird: Grey heron

Other species seen and/or heard:
Blackbird
Coal tit
Coot
Crow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Grey heron
Grey wagtail
Jackdaw
Jay
Long-tailed tit
Mallard
Mandarin duck
Magpie
Moorhen
Nuthatch
Robin
Sparrowhawk
Treecreeper
Woodpigeon
Wren