It was exactly one year ago that we visited this RSPB reserve on the Dee estuary. Just four members making the trip on that occasion. This time the weather was better; sunny and reasonably warm for the time of year. Although the number of species counted was much the same, around one-third were different to those seen in 2022.
A pair of Treecreepers caught our attention early on. Little Egrets appeared to be nest building in the tree tops at a distance but we also had close views of one from one of the hides. Black-tailed Godwit were plentiful and in a range of plumages, varying from winter to full breeding.Mediterranean Gulls were clearly identifiable among the rather larger numbers of Black-headed. There were several songsters to be heard as we walked through the reserve, including Cetti’s and Reed Warbler, Robin and Wren. Towards the end of our stay House Martins and Sand Martins were spotted in the distance.
It was good to have a number of our newer members on the trip and all seemed to appreciate and enjoy the day.
Members participating: 16
Bird list (47 species seen and/or heard)
|Great Crested Grebe||Coot||Cetti’s Warbler|
|Little Egret||Avocet||Reed Warbler|
|Greylag Goose||Knot||Willow Warbler|
|Canada Goose||Dunlin||Blue Tit|
|Shelduck||Black-tailed Godwit||Great Tit|
|Tufted Duck||Sand Martin||Carrion Crow|
|Marsh Harrier||House Martin||Chaffinch|