Chelford Sand Quarries & Redesmere - Wednesday 10th December 2014

Tuesday, 9th December 2014 proved to be a miserable stormy day and many of us wondered whether our local trip to Chelford sand quarries would materialise! However our fickle weather enabled us to meet, as arranged, on Lapwing Lane. Despite a bitterly cold wind, we certainly saw plenty during the ensuing 3 hours.

As anticipated the usual array of ducks were visible including both Little and Great Crested Grebes, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and Teal to name but a few. Of the raptors only Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk were sighted. The Buzzard was calmly on the ground whilst a rabbit tore past it! In the same location, I had my first sighting this winter, of Fieldfare and Redwings. Similarly some members spotted both Mistle and Song Thrushes.

In the wooded areas various ‘tits’ were sighted; also a Treecreeper. Rather surprisingly no Robins were seen. However five members of the Corviden family were either seen or heard!
We eventually moved to Redesmere, where more of the same types of birds were spotted. However there was a gull that caused much debate. It wasn't the typical sub-species that we see in Britain. It was of a race that normally breeds from Denmark, through Scandinavia and into Russia. The back colour is darker than 'our' Herring Gull, but not as dark as Lesser Black-backed Gull. It was listed here as a Herring Gull.

More than 40 species of birds were either sighted or heard during the morning.

After a good morning in the fresh air, we adjourned to The Davenport Arms, Marton for a Christmas lunch. This is becoming an increasingly popular event and it was great to see several new members joining in our festivities.

CHRIS B

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