Date: Monday 10th June 2019
Leader: John Finnan
Party Number: 12
As Monday’s warm and sunny afternoon faded into an overcast and heavy evening we began our walk down Pinfold Lane.
We set off later than usual after a bit of a mix-up over the parking but thankfully the rain stayed away long enough to see a reasonable list of birds.
At the first screen along the lane both Harold and Ian being the tallest of the group were our best spotters as the grass through the screens was quite overgrown. Further down a Jay made off like a thief in the night into the trees when we startled him at a hedge clearing near the farm entrance. At the other screens the tall grass wasn’t as bad and were treated to a mixture of Hirundines and the ever decreasing Swift over the water all taking advantage of the laden sky’s. Up to half a dozen Little Ringed Plovers and Redshank were chasing each other over the spit whilst trying to avoid the fiery temperament of the Coot. Family parties of Blue Tit and Great Tit lead us down the lane with the high pitch calls of the Goldcrest in the tree canopy above us. Three Song Thrushes were competing for the best voice of the evening as we made our way back down the lane to the cars.
Some of the party stopped by Grimsargh Nature Reserve on the way home with the ever noisyOystercatcher scolding us as we walked along the footpath. Six Curlew were wheeling and calling over the water and gave us a pleasant end to the evening.