The Manchester Ship Canal fro the bridge at Walton.
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A Great crested grebe on Appleton Reservoir.
A pair of Great crested grebes on Appleton Reservoir.
Our lunch spot at the South east ernd of Appleton Reservoir.
One of the residents at The Horse Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb: 360' and no stiles.
Time: 4 hours 19 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Wendy and Phil.
Moore Nature Reserve was a very popular place today and on arriving we were luck to get the last available parking space.
The weather was good, mainly sunny and warm, although occasionally we felt a cool breeze, but no where near that suggested on the forecasts.
We set off around the Western end of the reserve along a section that we hadn't explored before, calling in at the hide overlooking Lapwing Lake on the way. along the section of the Runcorn and Latchford Canal we saw many birders looking for the reported sighting of a Lesser spotted woodpecker - we didn't see it either!
As we passed each lake we called in at the hides, There weren't that many birds on the lakes and most of the gulls had deserted Birchwood Pool.
Lunch was take part way round Appleton Reservoir, where we took advantage of a stone wall on which to sit as we enjoyed our lunch in the sunshine, watching a nearby angler patiently waiting to catch a fish.
One or two sections were a little on the muddy side, but otherwise conditions underfoot were pretty good.
Birds seen or heard today included: Wood nuthatch, Blue tit, Common blackbird, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Great cormorant, Great crested grebe, Tufted duck, Common buzzard, Moorhen, Common coot, Mallard, Wigeon, European robin, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Carrion crow, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker and Green woodpecker.
Overall a very enjoyable walk on a day when I should have been wearing shorts rather than my Winter Paramo gear!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Hall in Frodsham, where once again the Lees bitter was excellent.