27 April 2022

15 members joined walk leader David Tolliday for a walk along the River Bollin. The weather was dry and bright but a bit chilly.

We met in the car park of Mottram Hall Hotel and were greeted by the loud song of a wren. He sat on a branch giving good views as his body trembled as he was singing. Being careful not to disturb any golfers we walked to the River Bollin and headed in a north westerly direction along the river. A nuthatch was calling it’s repeated whistle and a willow warbler was singing in a tree but due to the amount of foliage we couldn’t see the bird. We had the same problem with a blackcap which was in full voice but very difficult to see.

Macclesfield RSPB Local Group
Macclesfield RSPB Local Group

We reached a bend in the river which is a regular breeding site for sand martins. We were not disappointed as up to eight birds put on a flying display for us with some of the birds giving very close views.

We retraced our steps past the hotel to look for common whitethroats. We heard two birds with their short scratchy song but only managed to see one of them.

This was a very enjoyable walk during which 31 species were either seen or heard. We finished the trip in hotel’s leisure centre for a cup of tea or coffee.

The full bird list was:

  1. Canada goose
  2. Mandarin duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Common pheasant
  5. Wood pigeon
  6. Moorhen
  7. Lesser black-backed gull
  8. Grey Heron
  9. Common buzzard
  10. Jay
  11. Magpie
  12. Jackdaw
  13. Carrion crow
  14. Blue tit
  15. Great tit
  16. Sand martin
  17. Willow warbler
  18. Chiffchaff
  19. Blackcap
  20. Common whitethroat
  21. Nuthatch
  22. Wren
  23. Song thrush
  24. Blackbird
  25. Robin
  26. Dunnock
  27. Pied wagtail
  28. Chaffinch
  29. Greenfinch
  30. Goldfinch
  31. Reed bunting