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Field Meeting Reports 2011

Whitegate Way - Saturday 18th December 2011
The Whitegate Way is based on the old railway line taking salt from the mines of Cheshire to meet the main line at Cuddington. Today it is managed for the maximum benefit of wildlife. Not that we saw much as set off from the car park at Whitegate Station! We had barely started our walk when the heavens opened, making the icy conditions underfoot even more treacherous. We beat a hasty retreat to shelter under the nearby bridge. Despite the downpour, Blackbirds and Redwings continued to feed earnestly on the berries close by while we waited. Eventually the rain eased and we continued on our way. Common birds such as Chaffinch Blue Tit and Great Tit were soon added. A Great-spotted Woodpecker crossed in front of us, as well as a Jay. A party of Siskins showed well before they moved on deeper into the woods and out of sight. On to Newchurch Flash, we found the waters packed with Coot, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon, and Pochard, along with Canada Geese and Mute Swans. The odd Great-crested Grebe and Cormorant were also picked out. By now the sun had finally broken through, giving us renewed vigour! Retracing our steps, a small flock of Lapwing flew lazily over the fields.
Returning to the cars for lunch, we were entertained by a Robin looking for crumbs at the picnic site. After lunch, we set off to the east. We found 3 or 4 Bullfinches in the hedgerow, and spent some time admiring these birds in the all their glory. The brilliant red colours of the males and the berries they were feeding off matched each other perfectly. We nearly missed a small party of Lesser Redpolls feeding acrobatically in a tree overhanging the path, but stopped to enjoy these small finches. A Treecreeper seemed oblivious of us as it concentrated on its feeding route along a line of trees beside the path, climbing mouse-like up each tree probing and pecking at the bark, then flying to the base of the next tree to start over again. We left the bird and moved on. At the far point of our walk, we admired the views of Jodrell Bank and distant Mow Cop folly. A couple of cows in the adjacent field stood absolutely motionless in profile. We were convinced they were cardboard cut-outs - until one flicked its tail and lifted a rear leg! On the return, a Buzzard flew really low over our heads, giving an unusual call quite different from the normal "meeuw" sound we are used to.
We finally ended with 40 species for the day, which given the way it had started, was quite an impressive list, and with some lovely birds included too. A nice way to start the festive period!
Merry Chistmas to everyone, and happy birding in 2012.



Parkgate High Tide - Sunday 27th November 2011
Eagles and Albatrosses on Heswall Golf Course.
Although there was blue sky, it was blowing a hoolie! We considered bird watching from the sanctuary of our cars as we congregated at the Old Baths in Parkgate. We could see Fieldfares and Redwings, Pheasant, Robin and Wood Pigeon in the field behind the car park. However, a few minutes after our scheduled meet time, we decided to brave the elements and start our walk. Going on to the Wirral Way gave us some protection against the wind, but the birds were not easy to find. A Mistle Thrush was on the golf course allowing us to set the telescope on it. While we enjoyed the views, a Robin perched obligingly close by. After an hour though, we were struggling as much as the golfers in the breezy conditions. Birdies looked like being in short supply for us all! But our fortunes turned after we crossed the golf course and moved onto the coastal path overlooking the Dee marshes. Almost immediately we found the Great White Egret that has been on the Dee for the last few weeks. It was beside a Grey Heron which helped confirm its larger size compared to the numerous Little Egrets. Its large yellow bill was also obvious. A ring-tailed Hen Harrier passed by, the first of three sightings we would enjoy. Skylarks were abundant as were Curlew and Redshank. Canada Geese were flying in small groups. A Raven 'honked' overhead. Back at the Old Baths for lunch, a group of Little Egrets congregated close to the wall. The tide did not come right in to the wall unfortunately, but there was still plenty to see on the marsh. There were numerous gulls of 4 species, Shelduck and Cormorant continuously disturbed by the advancing water. Walking along Parkgate promenade, a Grey Wagtail made a brief appearance then disappeared unfortunately, but Pied Wagtails were more conspicuous. On the Donkey Stand Flash there were good numbers of Lapwing and a few Dunlin. A female Kestrel dropped onto the ground in front of us but took off empty-handed - or should that be empty-taloned? We returned to the cars via the Wirral Way again, and ticked off Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Wren and Tree-creeper. We finally made 50 species in the day which given the conditions was a good score. I am not so sure how well the golfers did though!


Old Moor RSPB - Saturday 29th October 2011
This was the Club's first visit to the RSPB Old Moor Reserve in the Dearne Valley in Yorkshire. The coach drive took us across the Peak District with stupendous and atmospheric views of the hills and valleys. As soon as we disembarked from the coach we found a feeder with a single Tree Sparrow on it. The bird rapidly took evasive action as a Sparrowhawk swooped through on a well rehearsed flight path. Luckily (for the Sparrow), the raptor failed to catch its prey. From the Reception Centre, Willow Tit and Bullfinch were spotted on the feeders along with Great Spotted Woodpecker, while a Pheasant was hoovering up the spillage underneath.
Walking out onto the reserve paths, a huge flock of Golden Plover and Lapwings soared overhead, there must have been over 2,000 birds. They later settled down on Wath Ings and allowed us closer views. The "Goldies" are such beautiful birds when seen with a low sun on their plumage. Other waders included obliging Green Sandpipers, Snipe, Ruff and Dunlin. On the main pool were good numbers of Coot and duck including Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler. Both Great-crested and Little Grebes were present as well as Mute Swan, but unfortunately no 'wild' swans. A small flock of Linnets flitted from island to island. A covey of 10 Grey Partridges feeding right in front of one hide was a great find, far more exciting than the ubiquitous Pheasants also seen. Despite extensive searching, we failed to find either Bittern or Jack Snipe - but that's bird watching! Kestrel and Buzzard were added to the raptors tally. More woodland birds were added on a final look at the feeders - Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch. Then finally, a smart Robin to brighten up the fading daylight. The list for the day was 56 species. However, we added one more on the return journey when a party of around 10 Red Grouse flew alongside the coach as we passed over the high moors again.



Connah's Quay Reserve - Saturday 17th September 2011
We met by the entrance barrier to the Connah's Quay reserve as directed. We were a little early for our rendezvous with Walter from the Deeside Naturalists' Society who was going to be our guide for the day. As we waited, a security man from the adjacent power station came to warn us in no uncertain terms not to park on the roundabout! Not quite the welcome we expected, but Walter arrived in the nick of time and we were soon on our way to the reserve car park. As we got out of the cars, a Peregrine passed directly overhead and alighted on a building opposite. We set the scope up and enjoyed close views of the male falcon. A second bird was then found further along the ledge - this was a young bird.
We walked along the path to the first of 3 hides in this part of the reserve. It was quiet here, but the 2nd hide was more productive. Greenshanks were close by, and further away were scores of Redshank. Amongst them we eventually found 3 or so Spotted Redshank and several Black-tailed Godwits. It was nice to see Lapwings in good numbers. Most intriguing was a supposed Yellow-legged Gull. It did have fluorescent yellow legs, but it appeared to have a darker grey mantle than normal. However, it seems that some races of Yellow-legged may be darker. Walter was convinced!
A fox was spotted on the far side of the pool, clearly frustrated at not being able to reach the waders on the island. Maybe it would have better luck with the rabbits.
The next hide has bird feeders that added some variety in the shape of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.
We returned to the cars for lunch, then drove to the far end of the reserve to the splendid double-decker hide overlooking the River Dee and Oakenholt marshes. The tide was coming in fast, pushing the birds closer to us. Curlews and Teal were common. The Shelduck included many young birds, a sign of a good breeding season. Clouds of Knot were distant, but several birds were close enough to allow closer scrutiny.
On the inland side of the hide, a pair of Wheatear dropped in to feed up before recommencing their journey south. Coot, Tufted Duck and Little Grebe fed on a pool. A steady stream of Swallows crossed the Dee from Wirral, more evidence of visible migration. A large corvid also flew across the river and was confirmed as a Raven.
We luckily avoided the worst of the rain that was around the region, and even enjoyed some bright sunshine. As the afternoon passed though, we started to feel the early autumnal cold so we decided to call it a day. It had been a great meeting, with 47 bird species seen. Our thanks to Walter for giving up his time to show us around this pleasant site.


Cynwyd Forest - 31 July 2011
We were approaching the bridge over the River Dee just outside Corwen en route to Cynwyd. What I thought at first was a Buzzard quartering in front of us turned out to be a Red Kite, a great start to the day. As we waited at the rendezvous point for any last people to turn up, we first heard, then saw a car approaching. We waved at Joyce but she was past us in a flash like Colin McRae in a Subaru Impreza! Luckily, we rounded her up before she reached Pembrokeshire, and the walk began. Chaffinches were everywhere, attracted to the chicken and pig food in the nearby cottage garden! A Tree Pipit put in brief appearance. Further on up the lane, at least 8 Ravens were tumbling in the air on a ridge. A single Peregrine joined them, and it really looked like they were just playing together. First the Peregrine chased a Raven, then they reversed roles and the Raven chased the falcon. But it did not appear to be in earnest, just masters of the air putting on a show for us. Swallows swooped low over a field, while Swifts and House Martins kept higher in the air. Walking into the confier forest, the birds were initially scarce, but then we found a hot spot and marvelled at Crossbill, Siskin, Coal Tit, and Goldcrest amonsgs others. The bright orange crest of a Goldcrest showed up brilliantly against the dark green pine needles. We also started to see lots of young Pheasants, and we were to see many more as the day went on. There were obviously being bred in the forest and had just been released from their pens. On to the more open foot hills of the Berwyns, Redstart and Whinchat showed well. A young Great-spotted Woodpecker with its full red crown gave an odd adolescent call from a nearby tree. After a leisurely lunch, we walked back down the valley following the stream. A pair of Grey Wagtails landed on the path in front of us. Yet more Pheasants! Seeing a Grey Heron fly up and circle around us was a bit of a surprise as the canopy over the stream was quite dense. I think the heron was as surprised as us, as it left a huge deposit on take-off! We searched in vain for Dipper, but it looked a good spot for them. The small reservoir was disppointingly devoid of birds. So we trundled the short stretch back to the cars to end the day. We saw or heard 32 species in what can be a quiet month for birding, but there were some real corkers amongst them. I also have to apologise to Joyce - it was only 1.1 miles from the turn-off to the rendezvous, not 2 miles as I had indicated!

 

Whixall Moss - 25 June 2011
Everyone should have a hobby - and our chosen activity is bird watching. However, the Club's visit to the lowland raised bog at Whixall Moss certainly widened our horizons. Thanks to the expert knowledge of our local guide Pete Bowyer from Nature England, we learnt about how the peat bog was formed, damaged through peat extraction, and how the water levels are being managed to protect and restore this scarce and rare habitat. We even had a chemistry lesson to demonstrate the acidity of the water! Pete showed some of the typical plants such as Bog Moss and Broad-leaved Sundew. After much perseverance, we found a Raft Spider for us in a small pool. The cool weather limited the numbers of dragonflies and damselflies on the wing but we did spot a few rare Large Heath butterflies.
We did not forget the birds of course. Whitethroats and Chiffchaff were probably the most commonly seen (or heard) species. When the sun peaked through occasionally, Swallows and Swifts soon appeared. Buzzards and Kestrels were present all day, but we could not find a Hobby that the site hosts. We spotted a bird on a tree stump that evaded identification for ages. It looked like a small raptor so was it a Merlin, or a Kestrel? Some members were convinced it moved, but it stayed curiously in the same spot. Or was it just an oddly marked piece of the tree? Amid much merriment, we finally concluded that it was a "Tree Hawk"!
Waders were represented by Curlew, Lapwing and an adult and juvenile Ring Plover. A single Marsh Tit was a good find, in the same tree as a Bullfinch!
Just as we were just about to return to our cars, the only Hobby of the day made a very brief pass for a lucky couple of members. In what was quite a specialised habitat, we still saw 50 species of birds. Not a bad hobby, is it?!
Thank you, Pete, for your time and expertise

 

 

Venus Pools - 15 May 2011
As far as I know, this was the Club's first visit to Venus Pools near Shrewsbury, perhaps because it is located a little further away than we normally venture. The reserve is managed excellently by the Shropshire Ornithological Society. Based on reclaimed sand and gravel quarries, the site consists of 5 hides placed around a shallow pool that attracts a range of wildfowl and waders, There is also a large set-aside field that in winter especially attracts numerous passerines.
Our visit in May started with Chiffchaff, Robin ,Chaffinch and Green Woodpecker from the car park. On the pools, Little Ring Plover, Lapwings,and Oystercatchers looked ready to start nesting soon. Black-headed Gulls were already nesting on grassy islands. Mallard, Teal, Shelduck, Canada Goose and Mute Swan were among the wildfowl. Over the water, Sand Martins were plentiful, with House Martins, Swallows and Swifts also present. The feeding station was disappointingly quiet apart from a few Greenfinch - and a rat! A winter visit should prove more productive. In the pool fringes, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler could be glimpsed. On the way back from the northern hide, we first heard a Cuckoo, and then enjoyed a spectacular fly-past with the bird still calling as it disappeared from view.
After lunch, we moved on to Polemere at the suggestion of Brian Boumphrey, and his tip was a good one. This is a small reserve managed by a local farmer but open to the public with a hide over-looking a small lake. We added Yellow Wagtail and Linnet, plus House Sparrow around the farm house. A Buzzard sat quietly in trees by the pool edge, unseen by us for ages. It eventually flew off but was then mobbed unmercifully by corvids!
We saw 50 species across the 2 sites. Enough to consider another visit before too long.

 

Lake Vyrnwy - 7 May 2011
No pain, no gain. Or perhaps more aptly, no rain no pain. We had to suffer for our birds on our May coach trip to Lake Vyrnwy. As we approached the RSPB Visitors Centre, the heavens opened and the drought of the past weeks ended with a vengeance!
We beat a hasty retreat to the hide close to the Centre. We had incredible close views of beautiful male and female Siskins. Comparison with the Chaffinches also present showed how small these yellow streaked finches are.
It looked ominously that the rain was set in, so eventually we braved the rain and set off for the oak woods. We found a male Pied Flycatcher and briefly his mate, but the rain made watching them difficult. We wandered on slowly, with Chiffchaffs and Wren present.
As we climbed out of the woods into a more scrubby area, Willow Warblers replaced the Chiffchaffs. By now the rain had mercifully stopped, and we started to dry out!
Stopping at a cross roads in the paths, Stan spotted a female Crossbill, which joined two more birds at the top of a conifer. A little further on, a Garden Warbler was singing on an exposed branch allowing good views of its very plain features.
Returning back into the village, the clearing skies began to fill with Swallows, House Martins and Swifts feeding avidly. Much larger Raven and Buzzard also passed over.
After lunch, we relocated to the far end of the reservoir and started to walk up the Rhiwargor Trail. More Redstarts were found here, we were almost becoming blasé about them by then!
A wheezy "speez, speez" call caught our attention and a Tree Pipit started singing its heart out atop a tree just by the path. After a brief stop to admire the waterfall we returned back down the valley. The Centenary Hide was a little disappointing, with "just" another Redstart and a Mallard with chicks. A Great-crested Grebe and a Cormorant were noted on the reservoir itself.
As we started our return journey, we called in for a brief stop at the Lakeside Hide. RPSB staff were pointing out a Peregrine nest high on the cliffs on the opposite shore. We saw both birds flying to and from the nest site. Then a call of "Osprey" rang out. Initially mistaken for gull, it was identified as an Osprey as it dropped lower. Unfortunately not all members saw the bird, but what a great way to close the day list! It was hard work at times with the weather, but the total 45 species included some real crackers. Well worth persevering

 

 

Canal Trip
The early May canal trip is becoming an almost annual event on the Bird Club calendar. This year we found ourselves on a cool but bright morning aboard the 'Michael Hayes' in the company of John, Pauline and Brian from the Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust. We set off on our usual route from Christleton to Beeston and Wharton Lock. The birding started straight away with Mallards, including many chicks, and Moorhen on the water. The tow-path hedges were looking splendid in their fresh, bright green leaves and white hawthorn blossom. Whitethroat were common, either perched on the tops of bushes or making their fluttering song flights. We heard 2 or 3 Lesser Whitethroat and managed a brief glimpse of one typically shy bird. Chiffchaff were more frequent than Willow Warbler. Blackcap completed the warblers seen. The blue skies were populated by buzzing Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts. Several Buzzards soared effortlessly on thermals.
Stopping at the Shady Oak for lunch, some members walked up the lane towards Beeston Castle to to the many Jackdaws swarming around the summit. Peregrine and Raven were also spotted, albeit at a distance. A Mute Swan pen was on a nest right by the canal while the cob swam watchfully near by. On the return leg, Linnets sat on a wire fence with Goldfinch.
But this particular trip is not just about the birds, good though they were. It is just such a peaceful day out, with the slow pace of the boat and the calming effect of the lapping water helping you to chill out.

 

World's End and Nant Mill - Sunday 24th April 2011
This trip went just like a dream. On the way to the World’s End car park meeting point, 3 displaying Black Grouse were right by the road, allowing the closest views of this species that I’ve ever seen. Although the sun was barely breaking the horizon, you could not miss the contrasting blue-black, white and red colours of these magnificent cock birds. Their bubbling coo-ing and more harsh hissing calls could be easily heard. More birds were seen at 2 different leks close to the car park. It was worth the effort of the early start to soak in the evocative sound and sight of these birds. Walking up the footpath across Ruabon Moor, even more Blackcock birds were seen, and then 4 females birds in a tall tree, giving a different cackling call that I’ve never heard before. It certainly looks on this evidence that the habitat management that is in place to increase grouse numbers is working brilliantly.

Other species much in evidence on the moor were Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Meadow Pipit. A Cuckoo called all morning, but never showed itself. Similarly a skulking Grasshopper Warbler was only betrayed by its reeling song. Two different male Whinchats were seen, a magnificently marked bird that is not easy to find. On a more stony area 2 or 3 Wheatears were conspicuous. Above the scree a pair of Ravens worked the updrafts from the granite cliffs. Working back down towards the woods, several Redstarts and a female Pied Flycatcher were soon found, along with a single Tree Pipit to compare with its more common cousins. Back at the car park a pair of Siskins were picked out high in the pine trees.

Moving on to Nant Mill, more typical woodland birds were much in evidence – Nuthatch, Blue, Great and Coal Tit. Stock Dove and Rook were added along with Chiffchaff. On the river, a lone female Grey Wagtail fed on the plentiful insects. Orange Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies were enjoying the warm sunny day.

Then a new call, a continuous trilling. What was that? Oh, no, it’s the alarm clock. Time to get up and set off to World’s End.

Foot note: Almost certainly due to the combination of a 6a.m. meeting time and being Easter Sunday (sorry folks, both down to me), in fact I was the only member to turn up on the day! So, you will never know how much of my dream came true. I will tell you that the species count was 46 though!

 

North Wirral Coastal Park - Saturday 26th March 2011
After a period of warm weather, Saturday brought a cold wind back for our March field meeting at Leasowe Common. This was likely to hold the expected migrants back unfortunately, so we would have to work hard to find them. A dog walker in the car park claimed to have seen a Swallow but we did not have any hirundines all day. We started with a quick walk towards the Birkett and the fishing lake. Apart from the usual House Sparrow, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, things seemed quiet. A Great Spotted Woodpecker dropped into a garden but could not be relocated. We retraced our steps and took the inland path at the back of the Common. Here we did hear several Chiffchaffs, with the glimpse of the odd one or two high in the trees. On the horse paddocks there were small flocks of migrating Meadow Pipits, always flighty as though they were thinking of moving on but could not make their minds up. The three Wheatear that were seen on the pre-meet check could not be seen, probably spooked by the lady watering her horses. However, we did catch up with a single bird on the promenade later in the day, the white rump showing up well in the grey light as it flew away from us. One or two Ring Ouzels had been reported in Wirral over the last few days butwe were not lucky, having to settle for Blackbird, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Actually there were lots of Blackbirds, so presumably many of these were on the move rather than resident birds. Typically, a Ring Ouzel was reported from Leasowe the following week!
A walk along the Burkett was not very productive. A Peregrine stoop dived towards the Burton factory, presumably looking for a feral pigeon for its lunch. A Sparrowhawk made a typical pass overhead, with its circular flap-flap-glide routine.
While the summer migrants were arriving, there were also waders on the beach. Redshank were most common, with Curlew and Turnstone also present, plus a single Greenshank close by at the base of the promenade. As the tide came in later, after most of the members had left to warm up, parties of Grey Plover, Dunlin, Knot and Sanderling were pushed closer before fying off westwards. The count for the day came to 49 species. Wait a minute, let's add Feral Pigeon to make it a round 50! Now to get home and thaw out.

North Wales Coast - Sunday 27th February 2011
As soon as we congregated on the shoreline at The Spinnies (Aberogwyn) car park, the birding started. On the receding tide-line were many Curlew, Redshank, and Oystercatcher, while single Greenshank and Spotted Redshank tested our i.d. skills. Further out into the Menai Strait were several Goldeneye and Wigeon, plus Cormaroant and Great Crested Grebe. A pair of Ravens were seen displaying and tumbling overhead. The first hide was quiet, the second one far from it. There were the usual common Tits and Chaffinches on the feeders. Then a flash of blue as a Kingfisher put on a superb dislay racing around the pool and perching on the conveniently placed branches, giving everyone a chance to see it well. After it had disappeared (just in time?), a female Sparrowhawk was found perched quietly in the trees, looking for a meal no doubt. It dashed off low and fast out of sight behind the reeds.

We moved on to Llanfairfechan. Small flocks of Eiders and Common Scoter bobbed in the waves off the promenade. More Oystercatchers lined the waters edge, waiting to start feeding again. A sinlge Ringed Plover was on the beach by a groyne. As we walked towards Morfa Madryn natrue reserve, an excellent mix of thrushes was spotted on the short grass - Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush. On the reserve itself, we had close views of colourful Lapwing and drake Teal in their smart breeding pumages. and Pied Wagtail all looking splendid in the low winter sun. The sewage works (we visit all the scenic spots!) turned up Long-tailed Tits, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Reed Bunting.

Our final stop was Conway RSPB. On the pools were Gadwall, Shoveller and Tufted Duck. A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were surprisingly our first of the day. Finally, a trio of sleeping Pink-footed Geese left the safety of one of the islands and started to feed close to the hide. There were two adults, and a juvenile bird denoted by its duller, less pink legs. The unusually close views of this species were a fitting end to a great day out. The sun was starting to go down and the temperature was also falling rapidly! So we departed with a day list of 62 species, good for a winter's day.

Moore Nature Reserve - 29th January 2011

There was a hard frost on the trees as we assembled at the new car park at Moore nature reserve near Warrington. Members reported temperatures down as low as -7°C at dawn, but there was no wind and blue skies for most of the day. So by keeping on the move, it was not as cold as it might have been.

In the woods, a noisy flock of Siskins fed on catkins above us, with the occasional Lesser Redpoll associating with them. At the feeding station the reported Willow Tit failed to show but there were active Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits as well as several Reed Buntings.

As we returned to the cars for lunch, a male Bullfinch was seen by some of the group before disappearing back into cover. Luckily it was still present when we returned later and the cracking bright red bird was seen by all.

The lakes were mostly frozen over, so the number of gulls and duck was down on normal. On a small patch of open water on Birchwood Pool, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck were concentrated together allowing easy comparison. Several Coot and a couple of Moorhens were also seen - including one Moorhen perched high in a tree! Buzzards showed periodically, sometimes quite close overhead, and a Kestrel sat on distant telegraph pole.

Unfortunately, it seems that there has not been a Bittern present at Moore this winter, but a tame robin feeding on biscuit crumbs entertained us in the hide.

Despite the cold conditions, we enjoyed a great day at this superb site, with 43 species logged.

whitegate Way ©H Stewart whitegate Way ©H Stewart

Wirral Bird Club members Whitegate Way©H Stewart

Whitegate Way ©H Stewart

whitegate way ©H Stewart
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Along the Whitegate Way © H Stewart

Coffee Break © H Stewart

whitegate way© H Stewart

Birdlife on the Whitegate Way
©H Stewart

Birdwatching at Parkgate ©H Stewart

Canada Goose close-up ©H Stewart

A Windy Parkgate© H Stewart

Old Moor Nature Reserve© H Stewart

Green Sandpiper at Old Moor© H Stewart

Coot at Old Moor RSPB Reserve© H Stewart

A Sky full of Golden Plover ©H Stewart

field studies centre dns©J Little from the west hide dns© H Stewart

Birdwatching from the West Hide DNS H Stewart

Birding at DNS © J Little

over the dee estuary©J Little peregrine on connahs quay power station

Looking across the Dee Estuary © J Little

Peregrine on Connah'sQuay PowerStation© H Stewart

screen at dns © J Little waders at dns © HStewart

Waders at ConnahsQuayReserve © HStewart

Viewing from the screen at DNS © J Little

Birding Break © JLittle

Cynwyd Forest © JLittle

Whinchat © Hugh Stewart

Crossbill © Hugh Stewart

On the Bridge © JLittle

Litmus Test©Paul Rowlands

Spagnum Moss and Ranger©Hugh Stewart

Sun Dew © Hugh Stewart

Bird Club Group at Whixall Moss © Paul Rowlands

Venus Pools © Hugh Stewart

Lapwing & Ringed Plover © Hugh Stewart

Oystercatchers © Hugh Stewart

Ringlet © Paul Rowlands

dam wall at lake vyrnwy © JLittle
aber falls © JLittle

Wet Group at Lake Vyrnwy © JLittle

The Dam Wall at Lake Vyrnwy © JLittle

group at Lake vyrnwy © HStewart
stream alongside lake vyrnwy © JLittle

Aber Falls © JLittle

Group at Lake Vyrnwy © HStewart

Stream alongside Lake Vyrnwy © JLittle

siskin on the feeders at Lake Vyrnwy RSPB© HStewart across the top of Lake Vyrnwy Dam JLittle©

Siskin on the Feeders © HStewart

Across the top of the Dam © JLittle

on the tow path © JLittle shropshire union canal © JLittle
swallow © HStewart

Swallow © HStewart

On the Tow Path © JLittle

Shropshire Uniion Canal © JLittle

on boatd the canal boat JLittle lunch at the shady oak©  HStewart
mute swan © HStewart

Mute Swan © HStewart

On Board © JLittle

Lunch at The Shady Oak © HStewart

whitethroat © HStewart

Whitethroat © HStewart

Black Grouse Lekking at World's End © HStewart
World's End © HStewart
Nant Mill © HStewart
Black-headed Gull©H. Stewart

Speckled Wood Butterfly© HStewart

Chiffchaff ©H. Stewart
Wheatear© HStewart
hide at morfa madryn ©HStewart lapwing at morfa madryn ©HStewart

Hide at Morfa Madryn © H Stewart

Lapwing at Morfa Madryn © H Stewart

pinkfoot at conwy ©HStewart teal at morfa madryn ©HStewart

Pinkfoot at Conway H Stewart

Teal at Morfa Madryn H Stewart

Hide overlooking the Birchwood Pool © Mike Hart
Watching at the bird feeding station © Hugh Stewart

View over Moore Reed Beds© Hugh Stewart

Looking for Siskin © Hugh Stewart
Frosty Birdwatching at Moore Nature Reserve © Mike Hart

Industrial Aspect Around Moore © Mike Hart