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Denhall Lane & Burton Mere Wetlands - Saturday 15th December 2012

As we congregated at Denhall Lane we were greeted by a ring-tail Hen Harrier quartering over the marsh, a good start to the walk. Other raptors spotted over the day were Kestrel, (distant) Merlin and Buzzard. We headed off towards Burton Point with grey skies but at least it was dry. We quickly saw out a number of Whooper Swans on a flooded pool but could not manage to find any smaller Bewick’s amongst them. Little Egrets were in singles dotted all over the marsh. We flushed a Snipe which made took a quick, low flight then dropped back into the vegetation and out of sight. This short flight is a characteristic of Jack Snipe, but we did not get a good enough view to be sure of its identity.  A small skein of Pink-foot Geese flew over-head. At Burton Point a Green Woodpecker was a bonus sighting. Some distant waders included Redshank and Dunlin.

We moved on the Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB in the afternoon, the Club’s first official visit since the expanded reserve opened. The excellent facilities were very welcome! The pools were partially frozen which probably reduced the number of birds around but we still managed a good variety. A sub-adult male Hen Harrier that has been on the estuary all winter put in an appearance. Ducks species seen included, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Pintail. A single, greyer Bar-tailed Godwit was located amongst the more common Black-tailed Godwits. Fieldfares and Redwings were feeding in one of the fields. The feeders had Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit, while small flocks of Goldfinch fed on the remnant seeds heads.

We managed a respectable 51 species for the day.


Thurstaston & Wirral Way Sunday 18th November 2012

"Mud, mud, glorious mud" we sang as we trod gingerly across the saturated ground on Heswall Fields. While the mud was inconvenient for us, it has to be remembered that the very reason we were visiting this stretch of Wirral were the vast mud flats on the River Dee that provide a rich feeding habitat for the thousands of wading birds that visit us every winter. We often take it for granted being on our doorstep, but the Dee is internationally important as a refuge for wintering waders and wildfowl.

As soon as we reached the beach below Thurstaston Visitors Centre we saw vast flocks of Knot feeding on the expansive sands and then periodically swooping up into the sky in swirling cloud formations. In the bright almost cloudless light they glistened as they zig-zagged one way then the other. What a stirring site. There were also large numbers of Redshank feeding intently, their red legs and longish bills showing out well. The many Oystercatchers were less active, mostly roosting quietly in a long line. A few Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits were picked out. Beyond the waders were hundreds of Shelduck both on the land and in the water on the river. Several paragliders were using the cliffs for an updraught but luckily they did not seem to disturb the birds unduly.

The tide was coming in more quickly now and the activity began to increase. Curlews started to appear in larger numbers as they flew up-river, occasionally giving their characteristic call. Cormorants hugged the river's edge like a line of black sentries. The rising water started to fill the gullies making it easier for us to see some beautiful Pintail. The males looked especially dapper with their milk chocolate brown heads and white neck lines, but the females were equally elegant with their small heads, streamlined bodies and elongated tails. Teal and Mallard completed the ducks species seen. A couple of Little Egrets appeared from nowhere and sat obligingly for us to admire.

Away from the water, birds were not so easy to find. The exception was Redwing which were busy feeding on the berries along the Wirral Way. They were not present in large flocks but seemed evenly distributed along the path. We stopped to watch Reed Buntings and Greenfinches in a sunny hedge near the Dungeon. One finch was particularly brightly coloured on the breast, initially giving thoughts of a Canary! Then a Sparrowhawk exploded from behind the hedge but sped on across the field and out of view. All the while large flocks of waders could be seen over the river, sometimes tighly packed, maybe due to the presence of a raptor; and sometimes more intent on moving off to a high-tide roost.

The sun started to drop in the sky and the temperature also began to fall, so we called it a day and trekked back to the car park. It had been one of those crisp, bright days that makes you feel so good to be out in the fresh air in the countryside. With 44 species seen, we had a great day's birding. And the mud will soon dry on my boots so I can brush it off!
p.s. if we had turned right instead of left when we first arrived on the beach, we might have seen a Black Redstart that was reported to be present. That's bird watching - maybe next time!


Lyme Park - Saturday 27th October 2012

Once we finally finished arguing with the NT over coach access, we disembarked and began our visit to Lyme Park . Initially it was a crisp autumn morning with a chill in the wind, but the day improved slightly as the sun warmed the air. Setting off into the woods, we soon found a flourish of bird activity. A couple of Blackbirds and a Robin were busy excavating amongst the newly fallen autumn leaves for a tasty meal. Blue and Great Tits and a single Goldcrest fed higher up in the branches. A brief view of a white rump alerted us to a female Bullfinch that moved quickly to the back of the trees. We looked for her male partner but could not find him. Jays were particularly conspicuous all day as they gathered acorns for their winter caches.

As we came into a more open area, we saw a Sparrowhawk spiralling in the blue sky, and soon after a brief view of a Peregrine Falcon moving more earnestly away from view. We also had the first of several good views of the Red Deer that are in the park. On the return to the visitors centre a Grey Wagtail flew by us along the small stream.

We picnicked by a small lake that held many Black-headed Gulls, some Mallards, a few Canada Geese and a single Heron. A flock of Long-tailed Tits was seen by a few members. After lunch, we walked higher onto the more open parkland. The views over Manchester and the Cheshire Plains towards Frodsham were wonderful. Birds were scarcer now, but Jackdaws were still plentiful. We found a Coal Tit in a fir tree above the path, but not easy to pick out as we strained our necks! A Kestrel hovered high above. As we descended back towards our rendezvous point, we came across a small herd of Fallow Deer. One stag in particular had a fine set of antlers.

Although there were some obvious omissions such as Dunnock and Chaffinch that you would expect to see, we ended up with a species count of 31. Despite the low temperatures, the hiccup with the coach booking, and the relative lack of birds, I think most people still had an enjoyable day in spectacular surroundings.


Conder Green- Sunday 30th September 2012

A plucky few congregated at Conder Green for our visit to the Lune Estuary. The weather forecast was poor, but we set off in the dry and in good spirits. Soon we saw Little Egret, Redshank and Curlew on the inlets of the marsh. Teal were present in small numbers and Cormorants flew up and down over the river.

Walking slowly along the old railway line following the edge of the river, we came across a large charm of over 100 Goldfinches feeding on the path and on the marsh. We watched them for ages and they help brighten up the grey day. A single Robin was also on this stretch.

At the end of the costal path we stopped again. A female Red-breasted Merganser and a Great-crested Grebe were on the water's edge. On the far shore large flocks of Lapwings and Golden Plover periodically rose from the ground and flew around in tight formation. Then a distant raptor was picked out upstream, coming towards us. We thought it was sure to veer off but it kept coming, and we were treated to a really close fly-past of a magnificent Peregrine Falcon. It soon disappeared round the corner and shortly after a number of Redshank suddenly shot out from the same direction, no doubt flushed by the bird of prey. 

On the marina the water was choppy and the Coot and Tufted Duck tried to seek shelter from the worst of the wind.

We decided to walk a little further on to Glasson Dock itself, so Barry could reminisce about his adventures on the high seas! It was a good choice, as while we stood by the lock gates a Kingfisher sped right underneath us from the canal and into the dock. It quickly disappeared but this species always lifts the spirits.
By the time we arrived at the screen overlooking a small pool, the wind was getting stronger and the drizzle began. We found a Little Grebe and a few roosting Redshank but little else.

As we walked back to the cars for lunch, the heavens opened. We were soaked! Needless to say, we ate in the cars not at the picnic tables! The rain continued.

After much debate, we decided to risk an afternoon amble, and luckily the rain did ease off. We walked upstream this time, and ticked off some common woodland birds such Blue, Great ad Long-tailed Tits and Blackbird. A single Swallow was noted, one of the last migrants leaving us for warmer climes; while 3 Pink-feet Geese were a sign of winter arrivals.


iHilbre Island- Sunday 19th August 2012

A small group from Wirral Bird Club braved the weather and walked out to Hilbre.
We had arranged to visit the Bird Observatory and had been given permission to use the Friends of Hilbre bird hide. On arriving on the island we went straight to the Observatory. Luckily Colin was on duty and we watched him ring and record a willow warbler and a meadow pipit. It’s not until you see them in the hand that you realise just how small these birds are. I always feel so privileged to stand so close to such beautiful things. Pam was given the chance to release a willow warbler, a magical moment in her words.  
We then made our way down to the lifeboat station to do some sea watching. We managed to find some shelter from the rain and wind.  From the slipway we watched great crested grebes, gannets, black terns, common scoter, turnstones, ring plover and even a guillemot.

We decided to have lunch in the bird hide and as we approached we watched a peregrine falcon trying to pluck wheatear of the edge of the cliffs.

Unfortunately from the hide we only saw a pied wagtail, a swallow and a meadow pipit. Though looking back towards Middle Eye we could see large numbers of oystercatchers, gulls, cormorants and herons. At least the hide gave us some shelter from the weather.

During the afternoon we saw little terns, shelduck and a whimbrel and of course many of our resident grey seals. As the tide started to clear the islands we made ready to return to West Kirby

Even with the unsettled weather we saw 34 species of birds.

We would like to say thank you to Colin and the Friends of Hilbre for allowing us to use the bird hide.
 Ken & Pam Stackhouse
Wirral Bird Club & Friends of Hilbre members.


Langfield and Hoylake -  Sunday 29th July 2012

When we last planned to visit Langfield, it was cancelled due to snow and ice! This year we were lucky – there were just persistent rain showers! As we left the road at Hoylake, we saw a partially leucistic Blackbird feeding amongst some old farm machinery. [The accompanying picture is actually of a similar bird at Arrowe Park ]. This lack of pigmentation is not that uncommon in birds, especially amongst Blackbirds and the corvid family, but it is still fascinating to see such examples close up.

Then it rained. Walking across the golf course, birdies were in short supply as we searched in vain for an eagle or and albatross. There were a number of Swallows and House Martins, presumably still finding prey in the damp weather. More rain. Whitethroats were seen in the field hedges but never showed well. At Gilroy reserve, the pool had nothing of great interest – feral Canada and Greylag Geese and a couple of Coot. Usually this area has something of note at this time of year. Not today, just more rain.

Retracing our steps, we scanned a flock of Black-headed Gulls in desperation of something interesting, and were rewarded with one or maybe two Mediterranean Gulls.

After lunch we moved on to Hoylake Promenade. The tide was going out so most birds were distant. We still picked out Dunlin, Sanderling and Oystercatcher. Then our reward for our perseverance – two Peregrines perched on the beach, allowing us to get good scope views.
One day we will pick some nice weather to visit Langfield and Gilroy . This area can have some really good birds – honest! 

Gronant - Saturday 30th June 2012

The main birding reason for visiting Gronant is to visit the Little Tern colony, the largest in Wales for this cute little bird. We met at the car park in Little Gronant village where House Sparrow and Goldfinch loafed in the surrounding hedge and Swallows fed over the adjacent fields. Jackdaw settled on house roofs and one or two Rooks flew overhead. We walked down towards the sea and the dunes. The first habitat was some scrub and reeds along the small river. Sedge Warblers sang from cover and flitted from patch to patch before disappearing quickly. On the water itself were a few Mallard and a single Coot. Later we saw a Mute Swan. As we meandered further into the dunes, we came across a small lake where a Sedge Warbler was more showy, allowing a good view of its white supercilium. Skylarks began to perform their song flight in the sky above and several were also seen well feeding on areas of shorter grass along with Greenfinch, Linnet and Meadow Pipit.

We made our way to the viewing platform overlooking the tern colony. One of the wardens that look after the terns here provided a lot of fascinating information about the birds in particular and the dunes in general. Our thanks to Wendy. The birds actually nest on a shingle ridge which has been surrounded by a fence to deter foxes and stray walkers. Wooden boxes have been provided for the chicks to shelter in - and they need them if a hungry Kestrel is around! Tightly bunched flocks of Little Terns entertained us flying above the breakers near the shoreline, the sunlight reflecting beautifully off their white feathers. Closer inspection allowed a couple of larger Sandwich Terns to be picked out resting on the sand. A row of Cormorants on the water's edge dried their wings and preened their feathers. Of course gulls were much in evidence, and in the far distance Gannets could just be picked out.

Eventually we dragged ourselves away and walked to the far end of the tern colony where we had much closer views of Little Terns and also Ring Plover and Oystercatcher. Finally we started the return trek. The dunes were awash with purple Pyramidal Orchids as well as other interesting flora. A medium sized brown bird ahead of us was initially assumed to be another Skylark but the flash of a white rump as we pushed it forwards showed that it was in fact a female Wheatear.

Just as we neared the cars, the heavens opened and we briefly took shelter. The promised rain had luckily kept off until this point, so we breathed a sigh of relief as we finally got back into our cars.

Elan Valley Saturday 12th May 2012

The coach ride down through the picturesque scenery of mid-Wales to the Elan Valley was a just a taste of the birding to come. Buzzards were spiralling in the thermals, while Swifts and Swallows hawked for insects in the blue sky. Barry even saw an Otter on a roadside stream outside Newtown !

On arriving at the visitors centre located underneath the reservoir dam, we set off into the Welsh oak wood stretching up from the river. Almost the first bird we saw was a classic Wood Warbler, its lemony throat and the yellow fringing in its flight feathers standing out. Later we enjoyed a bird singing its heart out with the characteristic two-part song, and then watched it fly off with a quivering display flight. Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and a probably Garden Warbler singing deep in a bush tested our ID skills.

Further on the climb up the hillside, Pied Flycatchers were the next target bird. Several males were seen and at least one female. One pair was seen taking nest material into a nest-box right by the path, affording us brilliant views. Common Redstarts were initially more difficult to see despite hearing several males amongst the tree tops high above our heads, but we later saw them well without risking a stiff neck, including two males disputing their territorial borders.

A lone Peregrine was picked out high on the limestone cliffs on the opposite side of the reservoir, where Ravens also roamed along the skyline. Red Kites began to appear with regular frequency as the day warmed up, such majestic, elegant birds for their size.
A glint of silver caught the naked eye, and binoculars showed it to be a splendid male Hen Harrier. The bird amazed us with an incredible "skydancing" display for several minutes. It climbed steeply and dived acrobatically in a series of manoeuvres that seemed to defy gravity. The silvery grey body and black ink-dipped wing-tips stood out in the sunlight against the blue sky. It was one of the most spectacular experiences of the birding world. Later on, presumably the same bird and a Red Kite drifted into the same field of view - what a unique experience of two wonderful raptor species.
Desending again, a single Grey Wagtail fed on the river's edge amongst the more numerous Pied Wagtails.

As we assembled back at the coach, a Cuckoo could be heard on the hills above us, probably looking for a Meadow Pipit nest to lay its egg in. It did not show itself, but this was still a satisfying finish to a truly brilliant day. This has to be one of the best days birding the Club has enjoyed for many years, with 35 species but also some incredible memories of the birds seen.


Woolston Eyes Sunday 29th April 2012

Ruddy Ducks, ruddy weather. That sums up our visit to Woolston Eyes at the end of April. It coincided with a return to cold northerly winds and continuous rain - more like winter than spring. A total of 8 plucky members turned up - 7 more than I expected! Our sincere thanks go to Dave Hackett from Woolston Eyes Conservation Group who braved the atrocious conditions to lead us onto the Reserve. We headed directly to the main hide for welcome shelter. We settled down and bravely opened the hide shutters only to be battered by wind and rain! By moving back slightly, we managed to scan the pool in front of us and the birds started to appear out of the gloom. The bird that the reserve is best known for, Black-necked Grebe, started to swim out from the reeds in ones or twos. They fed by diving underwater, not worrying about the rain, and sometimes coming quite close to the hide. Unfortunately the poor light dulled their normally brilliant gold, black and red colours. A couple of Great-crested grebes and a pair of Mute Swan were also present. Over to one side of the pool, a pair of Ruddy Ducks was noted, the male's blue bill still just visible agasint the grey water. This species is now very hard to see in the UK following the recent controversial cull. Other ducks found included Tufted, Gadwall and Pochard.

Despite the persistent rain, numerous Swallows flew low over the water, and frequently landed on overhanging branches of the shrubs in the pool. Quite what food they were looking for in this weather was a mystery. A Cormorant perched on a post. A few Black-headed Gulls sat in front of the hide. These birds seem important in ensuring a successful breeding of the Black-necked Grebes, so the Conservation Group encourage them. A few Canada Geese were also seen. A wader flew in and out of view quickly, but later revealed itself long enough to identify it as a Common Sandpiper. After an early lunch, we agreed that we were thoroughly cold and wet, and that we would call it a day. We had some good birds amongst the 20 species seen, but there was no point in exploring the rest of the reserve in that weather. This was a shame, as the birding here can be superb. We will just have to come back soon and keep our fingers crossed for better weather next time.

Greenfield Valley - Saturday 24th March 2012

Sorry folks if the directions were not clear enough! Once we all finally met up in the right car park (thanks to Joyce for rounding the stragglers up!), we set off to walk up through the Greenfield Heritage Park. This valley is of great historical interest with its old copper and textile mills, man-made pools and abbey. However, it can also be a good spot for birds, despite the dog walkers and joggers.

We had not got far before we found a couple of Grey Wagtails perched obligingly on overhanging branches. Less easy to latch on to was a Dipper that sped past us and disappeared into the industrial remains. Already Chiffchaffs were belting out their onomatopoeic calls in the surrounding trees, one of the first signs of Spring. Wrens and Dunnocks were also vocal. On the pools there were the expected Mallards and Tufted Duck, Coot and Moorhens, and a pair of Mute Swans. A Little Grebe made a brief appearance. As we ascended the valley we left the industrial buildings and moved into pleasant mixed woodland. A Treecreeper was noticed disappearing into the base of a large tree stump. Its behaviour clearly indicated this was a nest site as it later collected leaf material and took it into the hole. A second bird confirmed that this was a pair preparing to breed. Not much further on, a noisy Nuthatch betrayed its nest hole close to the path. Again a second bird was soon observed. We could see where the bids had used mud to reduce the entrance hole to the optimum size. We left the birds in peace so as not to disturb them unnecessarily. At the furthest point on our walk, we first heard and then saw a male Blackcap. This was an early sighting, an indication of the unseasonably warm weather conditions Britain has been experiencing this March. We returned leisurely to our cars enjoying the Rooks and Jackdaws noisily pairing off and displaying in the tall trees near the Basingwerk Abbey remains.

We decided to move on to Flint for lunch and enjoyed our food sunning ourselves in the lee of the Castle. In the afternoon, we took the riverside walk along the Dee towards Oakenholt. Shelduck, Oystercatchers and Redshanks were soon spotted on the banks. Cormorants fed out on the river. Four Avocets feeding on the muddy shore were unexpected on this side of the river. A Buzzard sat on a telegraph pole while a Kestrel whirled and hovered over the grassland. Several Little Egrets and Curlews fed on the grass fields where Linnets were also present in small numbers.
Adding up the species for the day, I got to 49. Can we count that white 'farmyard' duck at Flint to make it a round 50? Now where's my field guide...?!


Marshside and Mere Sands Wood - Sunday 26th February 2012

The start time at Marshside RSPB was slightly earlier than normal which caught a few late stragglers out. They soon caught up with the rest of the group as we strolled gently towards the Sandgrounders Hide. The fields and pools were dripping with Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwits and Curlew. Small flocks of Linnets were difficult to pin down but more easy to pick out were two or three Skylarks singing overhead. Further in the distance a long line of Golden Plover rested on a field. We could not find the reported Great White Egret - but we have our own on the Dee! We made do with several Little Egrets and a small group of Pink-footed Geese on the extensive marsh.

We moved on to Mere Sands Wood and enjoyed an early lunch by the feeding station. Seeing male Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow and Nuthatch while eating your butty is what I call relaxed birding! Even a pair of Mallards took advantage of the feed. We eventually tore ourselves away and took to the path around the reserve. The more common woodland birds were soon ticked off including 4 species of tit, Robin and Blackbird. Several Red-legged Partridges were seen in the surrounding arable fields.

There was clear evidence of the march from winter into spring with several species exhibiting their characteristic courtship behaviour. A pair of Great-crested Grebes raised themselves upright from the water facing each other in splendid synchronised fashion. A single drake Goldeneye seemed oblivious to the lack of ladies present as it threw its head backwards in comical fashion.

The most interesting display though came from Barry after he finally saw his first Bittern. His amorous overtures extended not just to Pam but to Paul too. However, given the incredible close views of this enigmatic bird stalking and fishing right outside the hide window, his antics were understandable. Almost!

To finish the day, another elusive bird showed well at another hide, when first one then a second Water Rail appeared from within the reeds and crept around the muddy margins.
That made it 58 species seen across both sites. Quality and quantity today! It was well worth the early start to enjoy a really cracking day.


Erddig & Gresford Flash - Saturday 28th January 2012

I was not sure if the field meeting at Erddig would appeal to members who might think there would be to many twee formal gardens and not much bird life! However we had an excellent turn out on a bright winter's day at the end of January. Congregating in the car park in the historic walled orchard, we were surrounded by birds taking full advantage of clement weather. Here we saw Robin, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare and Nuthatch amongst others. A male Pheasant strutting along the top of the wall provided a comical moment.

We set off on a circular route through the woods and parkland of the estate. As soon as we entered Big Wood we heard a Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming. Stalking quietly on we found the bird on a large tree trunk, and heard a second bird drumming back. In the same area we craned our necks to enjoy a Treecreeper edging along thin branches overhead in search of food. A tiny Goldcrest also fed eagerly, sometimes hovering to pick titbits from the underside of twigs. We scanned the river unsuccessfully for Dipper but found a nice Song Thrush. A bit further on a Buzzard sat nonchalantly in a tree allowing a relatively close approach before it launched itself and flew slowly away. The small flash was partially obscured by vegetation but we saw Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Moorhen, Tufted Duck and a Heron skulking in the reeds.

Returning towards the Hall, Mike disappeared into the sunken entrance of the historic water ramp pump - leading to much speculation and laughter as to whether he might be raising the water-level himself! Back in the car park, a small flock of Redwings flew by.

Some members stopped off at Gresford Flash on the way home. The flash itself was relatively quiet apart from scores of Coot. A single juvenile Cormorant and a few Shoveler were also present, as well as a group of feral Canada Geese on the adjacent field. A short walk into the nearby village added a few 'day ticks' including Dunnock and Collared Dove. The final birds of the trip were a delightful skein of Pink-feet Geese flying over in typical long lines, giving us a respectable total of 42 species for the day by my reckoning.

denhall lanr
hide at bmw
birdwatching along Denhall Lane©H Stewart
Visitor Centre Burton Mere Wetlands© H Stewart
birding at burton mere wetlands Hugh Stewart
burton mere wetlands
Tufted Duck at Burton Mere© H Stewart

Birding at Burton Mere Wetlands©Hugh Stewart

Thurstaston birdwatching© J Little
On the Beach at Thurstaston© J Little
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deer at lyme park
Deer at Lyme Park© H Stewart
Lyme Park© H Stewart
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Lyme Park© H Stewart
Lyme Park Hall© H Stewart
Conder Green in the rain
Ready to brave the elements at Conder Green
hilbre bird ringing
hilbre ringed plovers

Ringed plovers at Hilbre Island

Bird ringing at Hilbre Observa\tory
hilbre sea watching
hilbre turnstones
Turnstones at Hilbre Island
Sea watching from Hilbre Island
leucistic blackbird

Blackheaded gull at Langfields© H Stewart

Leucistic blackbird at Langfields© H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Bird Club Meeting Gronant © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart
Elan Valley birding © H Stewart

Elan Valley birding © H Stewart

Water Rail at Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart

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bedraggled robin at woolston eyes

Bedraggled robin at Woolston Eyes©H Stewart

Birds at Woolston Eyes ©H Stewart

Birding at Greenfield Valley ©H Stewart

Greenfield Valley ©H Stewart

Mute Swan at Greenfield Valley © H Stewart

flint castle

Bird Club Group at Flint© H Stewart

Mallard at Greenfield Pools © H Stewart

Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
marshside©H Stewart
Group at Marshside © H Stewart
Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Mallards at Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Great Crested Grebe Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Bittern at Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Mere Sands Wood © H Stewart
Erddig ©J Little
Erddig ©J Little
Erddig © J Little
Erddig © J Little
Erddig © J Little
Erddig © J Little