Trip reports

Connah's Quay, Deeside

Connah's Quay, Deeside

Sunday, 4 February 2018

This reserve lies on the south side of the river Dee alongside Connah's Quay power station and belongs to the Deeside Naturalists' Society. They have five hides on the site, one of which is a two storey building overlooking the mud flats towards the estuary mouth. The ten members of the club who went on the trip wish to thank Estelle Hughes who is a member of DNS and arranged the trip for us. The weather was kind to us given the time of year but the wind certainly blasted in through the open hide windows when we were scanning the mudflats as the tide came in!
The highlight of the day had to be the sighting of a flock of twite who very kindly sat for several minutes at a time on the wire fence just below the hide windows. For "little brown jobs" twite are really quite attractive birds when seen through a telescope having beautiful striated plumage on both their backs and fronts.
We also saw a very large flock of lapwing standing on both the riverside pasture and exposed mudflats. Some golden plover in winter plumage were mixed in with the lapwing on the mud. Redshanks were also abundant and grey heron, oystercatchers and curlew were also seen.
Further upstream other waders were spotted including a solitary little egret, a common sandpiper and a greenshank and several snipe.
Water birds such as Canada geese, mallard, teal, wigeon, shelduck, coot, moorhen and little grebe were also seen throughout the day. A large group of cormorants were seen sitting with wings outstretched on the mudflats along with an assortment of many of our commoner resident gulls.
Many of our small resident woodland and field birds were seen in the bushes bordering the track which runs the length of the reserve. Between the group a total of over 30 birds were sighted.