Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam 10/10/15 9.00 to 13.00

Dipper showing well on river where there are large flat slabs of stone in the river bed providing good feeding platform for this hungry Dipper! A Grey Heron was perched in a tree a little way up stream.Further along we had a pair of Jays and flying over a pair of Raven. The misty conditions and chilly temperature seemed to keep many birds subdued though we did see Robin, Blue Tit and a Kestrel flying over. As we progressed up the track we had Magpies, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Blackbird.We also saw Chaffinch and Carrion Crow. A little surprised to see a Cormorant fly over! We then had a party of Long Tail Tit in the trees that lined the river bank. Also seen this morning were Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. The Hawthorn trees nearer to the Dam were busy with Blackbird feeding and also two Redwing were showing well. In the same bush we saw two Mistle Thrush giving us a great chance to observe there beautiful plumage and in flight allowing us to observe their brilliant white underwings and outer tail feathers. On the way back to Shipley Bridge we saw Buzzards, a Chiffchaff and also heard Goldcrest. A very rewarding morning after a rather grey and misty start!

John Lloyd, Liz Harris and Doug Herdson.

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News