Trip reports

Field Trip to Whixall Moss

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Despite a gloomy, damp morning, nine members and five non-members gathered
in Morris's Bridge carpark for the field trip.

We headed straight for the flooded fields on either side of the approach road to see a variety of ducks, geese and waders: good numbers of teal, wigeon, mallard, pintail, and shoveler, with a few coot, moorhen and snipe, one ruff and two redshank. Two mute swans swam serenely over the mirror-like water.

Eagle eyes spotted a great spotted woodpecker on a tree stump with a buzzard perched in an adjacent tree, while a raven flew overhead with its inimitable 'pruk' call.
A flock of Canada geese flew onto the floods and in the hedgerows, robin, dunnock, wren, goldfinch, blackbird, hedge sparrow and bluetit.

Walking along the recently created wheelchair-friendly canal towpath, fieldfare and redwing were busy eating the plentiful supply of hawthorn berries and were joined by a song thrush. A jay and a cormorant flew over the path, the latter landing in a dead tree in the flooded fields. Great tit was added to the species list and long-tailed tits were heard, but not seen.

We completed a circular route by dropping down onto the Moss, following the peripheral track, adding only a single female reed bunting, a lesser redpoll and a chaffinch - scanning across the Moss not a single bird could be seen

Returning to the carpark, the majority of the group decided to drive to Wood Lane to enjoy a hot drink and our sandwiches in the new hide. We added three more species giving a total of 42: a pair of shelduck, tufted duck and a kingfisher, which afforded splendid views as it perched on a low branch to preen for several minutes and giving a rewarding end to an enjoyable day