Common whitethroat in the Warren.
Wheatear in the Warren.
Still wearing waterproofs buts it stopped raining ages ago!
Walk stats: Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 212'.
Time: 4 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S. and Roger.
If we had believed any of the weather forecasts today, then we would have stayed in Chester and got on with house chores! Thankfully we didn't and the rain encountered was minimal, in fact I could have probably got away without the discomfort of wearing waterproofs at all!
This is always a very good walk at any time of the year, but today we saw lots of flowers and more birds than I had expected.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common starling, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Grey heron, Stonechat, Greenfinch. Wheatear, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Little tern, Great cormorant, Sedge warbler, Barn swallow, Common swift, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Common blackbird.
Flowers seen today included: Herb robert, Flag iris, Pyramidal orchid, Red campion, Red clover, Dandelion, Bird's foot trefoil and Meadow buttercup (any many more to be identified later!)
Lunch was taken using seats, with our backs to Pontins and facing the old pitch and put site, not a lot to see but a few golfers playing at best with skills maybe a little better than any of us professed to have!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the welcome as usual was excellent and the Lees bitter was top notch!
Overall a walk that surpassed our expectations and I didn't have to eat my packed lunch for my tea!