U3A Bird group report from 6th November 2019
Walmsley Bird Hide nr Wadebridge
A group of 8 of us met at Trewornan bridge and made our way across a couple of muddy fields to the two hides at Walmsley Nature Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is situated about 2km north of Wadebridge. It includes over 20 hectares of reclaimed flood plain between the farm of Lower Amble and the River Amble and lies less than 1km inland from the Camel Estuary.
Winter waders and bird visitors were very much in evidence as well as various small birds taking advantage of the feeders to the side of the main hide.
The first older hide overlooks at ground level reed beds and shallow water where a pair of Little Grebes were busily feeding.
The tall main hide overlooks a wide floodplain area and there we saw 31 different species.
There were Mute swans, Canada Geese, Heron, Crows, Mallard, Moorhen, Shovelers, Shelduck, Pochard, Egrets both Little and Cattle, Gadwall, Godwit, Teal, Widgeon, Lapwing, Buzzard, Coot, Herring gull, and Curlew.
Of the smaller birds at the feeders we saw Blue tits, Green finch, Great tits, Gold finch and Chaffinch. Generally around there were also siting of Skylark, Fieldfare and Wood Pigeons.