RSPB Conwy, 17 September 2018
Seven members enjoyed our first trip of the new season to RSPB Conwy with a Low Tide exposing lots of mud on the estuary for the Curlew to plunge their long beaks into! Yum! Also saw Little Egret in the gulleys. . Despite lots of wind, we got clear blue skies and sunshine for a great walk round the reserve. First we had a fleeting glimpse of a Water Rail by the scrapes and plenty of water fowl who didn't seem to mind the wind. There were a flock of Redshank sheltering under the reeds with a few Dunlin but we missed having a scope in the group to see them better. On the water we counted: Red breasted Meganser, Little Grebe, lots of Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall. Bird of the day was a Snipe grubbing around in the open, but so well camouflaged it was hard to spot. Well done to my wife Jackie who spotted this! Total for the day: 27 species.
Woolston Eyes Reserve, 16 October 2018
We had a great turnout of 19 members to visit Woolston Eyes Reserve in Warrington next to the Ship Canal which had been pre-booked as a guided tour. The weather stayed dry for us with light cloud and it stayed mild. Access to the reserve is strictly controlled with locked barriers and locked gates to keep out undesirables! We were guided by Ashley, a RSPB warden and David a volunteer who helped us find the hides and birds. The main hide gave excellent views over No 3 bed with lots of Shoveler and Teal, Black Tailed Godwit, Pintail, Little Grebe, Wigeon on the water or wading in the shallows. Close to our hide were feeders and we were delighted to witness a large flocks of Greenfinch going mad for the seed! We had wonderful close views of a Kestrel who kept returning to sit on a plank on the ground showing off fine plumage. Our warden was worried that this was very unusual behaviour and might indicate that it was not getting enough food, but we all thought it looked quite plump! We got a brief glimpse of a Willow Tit on the feeder and our guide heard one as well on our walk round. The site is well managed to encourage black necked Grebe so a return visit is definitely a good idea. They recommended May to get the warblers. Total species: 27
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