CyclePath_NatureThanks to Alasdair, one of the Sustrans Scotland volunteers, for sending us this wee report on the recent bird walk that took place in Yoker…

“The walk was very enjoyable and the combination of a great summer day and a well informed ornithologist was outstanding.

“Because of the heavy leaf cover, spotting birds, particularly small ones is very difficult in summer, so most of our tracking was heavily dependent on song recognition. We covered from Dock St to Kelso St and then returned to Dock St along the river bank and then along the fence of Rothesay Dock; about 1 km out and the same back.

NCN-Green-ENG-250x250“We noted 22 species, and, eventually saw at least one specimen of each. The list is : wren, willow warbler (a first for me), blue tit, wood pigeon, feral pigeon, greenfinch, goldfinch, dunnock, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, lesser black backed gull, mallard, blackbird, swallow, whitethroat (would have been a first sighting for me, but I didn’t), sand martin, house sparrow, great tit, robin, blackcap (another first), chiffchaff

“The only others I might have expected to see were chaffinch, long-tailed tit and coal tit and, possibly, pied wagtail. There are usually mute swans at Renfrew Ferry, and black headed gulls and cormorants are regulars there, too.”