Wildlife of the Rodwell Trail
birds seen from the trail in 2019


56 species so far this year

Great Northern Diver
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Shag
Grey Heron
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Shelduck
Mallard
Red-breasted Merganser
Sparrowhawk
Peregrine
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull >
Common Gull
Herring Gull >
Great Black-backed Gull
Guillemot
Razorbill
Wood Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Skylark
} Wren
Dunnock >
Robin
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Redwing
Song Thrush
Blackcap
Long-tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Magpie
Rook
Raven
Jackdaw >
Carrion Crow
Starling
House Sparrow >
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Linnet




Common Scoter at Smallmouth, 30th October 2018

February 1st
Overnight snow brought hundreds of Redwings into the trees around Wyke Road this morning. More were on the Knightsdale Road playing field along with lots of Fieldfares. At Smallmouth about 50 Skylarks were seen heading east.

January 24th
A Great-spotted Woodpecker was drumming at Rodwell Halt and another was at Old Castle Road. A Green Woodpecker was at Wyke Halt and two Meadow Pipits were at Smallmouth.

January 20th
The first Red-necked Grebe of the winter was off Downclose today.

January 18th
A Shelduck was sat on the sea near the Sailing Club today. Most of my records of this species are of birds in flight (this one did fly off south after a few minutes). Also added Raven and Common Gull to the Trail year list.

January 10th
The first Blackcap of the winter was at Buxton Road today.

January 1st
A pair of Peregrines hunting low over Wyke Cutting was the highlight today. Offshore the Black-necked Grebes had built up to at least twenty birds in four or five separate flocks, all very distant. Even more distant were two or three Great Northern Divers. The male Stonechat was still in Wyke Cutting and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Rodwell Halt, with another head drumming near Sandsfoot.

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