Trip reports

November morning walk along the Ogmore River and Estuary

November morning walk along the Ogmore River and Estuary
John Roach

Sunday, 10 November 2019

The group of 11 met at the Ogmore Common Car Park on a cold, bright and breezy morning but refreshingly clear and drier than in recent days. In the car park we were treated to a very large flock (600+?) of golden plover heading west then a large flock of woodpigeons (100+) heading north west. The river was high due to the tide being in and recent heavy rain in the area. The group walked south a little way and watched a collection of Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Canada Geese, Redshank, Goldeneye, Red Breasted Merganser and Goosander alongside the river (see photo). What a start! Then we walked north along the river bank using the grass paths between the bracken. Goldfinch, Stonechat, Magpie and a Wren were seen flitting between small trees and bushes whilst Turnstone, Rock Pipit and a Kingfisher were seen on the river's edge. By the bridge to the sewage works a family of Little Grebe, Gadwall, Grey Wagtail and a Common Sandpiper were seen. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile morning walk with 30 species seen.