Overcast at first, bright later
Twenty enthusiastic TT members gathered in the car park at Chorlton Water Park to see what this familiar site had to offer on a somewhat chilly autumn morning. There seemed to be quite a lot of ‘catching up’ to do between friends, as various members had been away on holidays at different times, but great tits, blue tits, chaffinches and a single nuthatch on the feeders soon reminded everyone of the real purpose of the outing.
It was decided that the usual route would be followed; down to the water, following the path in an anti-clockwise direction to the river, then over the bridge into Kenworthy Woods. So with eager anticipation the water was scanned by 20 pairs of binoculars, discovering Mute swan, Canada goose, Mallard, Moorhen and Coot, along with several other species including Gadwall, Teal and Tufted Duck. Following the path around the waterside initially proved uneventful- the main observation being that it was very quiet and practically birdless- but then a CHARM of Goldfinch appeared, circling around before landing in some distant trees.
Looking across the water a lone Shoveler and equally lone Pochard were added to the list, then one sharp-eyed team member spotted a Grey Wagtail on the far bank.
The river offered … nothing! So the group decided to try its luck over the bridge and into the woods. Entertainment was now offered by a couple of stoats- or were they weasels? -on the bank of the river beneath the bridge. As Kenworthy Woods were approached a Robin flitted in the hedgerow and a Jay could be seen on a distant tree, but again it was the almost eerie silence that was the main feature. By now the sun was attempting to show itself and gloves and hats were being stowed into bags and pockets, and despite the dearth of sightings, spirits remained high. Having seen a few Starlings on the pylons near the substation, the group returned to cars, realising that an enjoyable morning had been spent in good company.
A few souls decided to have their lunch by the water and were rewarded with the sights of a Cormorant spreading its wings and a flock of Long-tailed Tits flitting about in the trees. (MH)
Bird List (BP)
- Great Crested Grebe
- Grey Heron
- Mute Swan
- Canada Goose
- Tufted Duck
- Lesser Black-backed Gull (2nd winter)?
- Black-headed Gull
- Feral Pigeon
- Ring-necked Parakeet
- Grey Wagtail
- Long-tailed Tit
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Carrion Crow