Dunham Park 08.12.15

Today’s group of 14 birders were in festive mood meeting in Dunham car park. There was much teasing about the ability or otherwise to park within the cobbled lines of the car parking spaces, and a discussion about what time to get back for coffee and mince pies led to John starting a debate about whether men or women made the best mince pies . Luckily he was led off to the far end of the car park to start some birding before digging too deep a hole.

The light was excellent at this point, and we spent a full half hour watching finches, thrushes and tits, and especially good views of a treecreeper spotted by the eagle-eyed Barbara. Out to and across the Dunham Road a flock of 150 or so Lapwing passed close by, but still no winter thrushes

Up then onto the canal tow path – more windy here – all pretty quiet but a good number of pied wagtails at the sewage works and the usual large number of jackdaws. The herons often spotted here had gone elsewhere . We walked past the steps as Joan went looking for the oft-spotted redwing further on. Once spotted, we walked down the muddy track towards the bridge under the canal

A muck spreader which had passed us minutes before now came steaming (literally) up behind us . Most of us moved out of the way, but Roger – who had earlier been telling us about his exploits with Sale Harriers – along with Ann decided that they could outrun said tractor and make the bridge first. Alas they didn’t but luckily escaped both tractor and muck

A large number of snails attached to the underside of the bridge attracted interest as did the redwing in excellent light just beyond. We made our way back to Dunham passing flooded fields with perhaps 300 black-headed gulls and two LBBs. We topped up the list with the usual suspects on Dunham pond, and all saw the Kingfisher except Pam. However patience was rewarded as, while we were tucking in to coffee and cake, Pam who had stayed behind, came in and reported three good sightings

So our autumn term came to an end – good birding was had – and many thanks to Clive for his excellent organisation. (DC)

Bird List (BP)

  1. Grey Heron
  2. Mute Swan
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Mandarin Duck
  5. Mallard
  6. Shoveler
  7. Tufted Duck
  8. Buzzard
  9. Kestrel
  10. Moorhen
  11. Coot
  12. Lapwing
  13. Black-headed Gull
  14. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  15. Woodpigeon
  16. Collared Dove
  17. Kingfisher
  18. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  19. Pied Wagtail
  20. Blackbird
  21. Redwing
  22. Song Thrush
  23. Mistle Thrush
  24. Robin
  25. Long-tailed Tit
  26. Great Tit
  27. Blue Tit
  28. Nuthatch
  29. Tree Creeper
  30. Jay
  31. Magpie
  32. Jackdaw
  33. Rook
  34. Carrion crow
  35. Starling
  36. House Sparrow
  37. Chaffinch
  38. Goldfinch
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