Trip reports

May morning walk in the Lower Clyne Valley

May morning walk in the Lower Clyne Valley
John Roach

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A group of 9 met for the walk on a warm, bright morning with a fresh westerly wind. The valley was very green with most trees in full leaf cover. There was consistent bird song but actual sightings were initially limited but slowly birds appeared flitting from branch to branch (robin, blackbird, goldfinch, great tit, blue tit). Overhead there were regular sightings of migrants (swift, swallow and house martin). Following the Clyne stream a grey wagtail was seen and the group had good views of a pair of GS woodpeckers around a tree hole (see photo). Walking to Blackpill the group took a break whilst looking out over the Bay and seeing gulls, crows, oystercatchers and a few godwit. Walking back up the valley there were regular sightings of song thrush, mistle thrush, nuthatch and magpie. At the end of the walk some of the group went to see the bat house near a new housing development where a goldcrest was seen. A rewarding morning with regular sightings of birds and good company.