Further scrub clearance took place today giving a much improved view from two of the three windows in the Sue Worsley hide. Thanks to the three committee members who carried out the work.
On a gorgeous Sunday morning, eleven members of the club made a tremendous difference to the view from the main hide. The pictures below, which were taken from the main hide, speak for themselves.
Many thanks to those that turned up. The next working party will again be advertised with a view to even more of you turning up.
Now members can get a really good view of any birds landing in front of the main hide. Sue Worsley hide next?!
A select party of 3 intrepid birders joined leader Jeff Davies ( normally backmarker and whipper-in ) , on this blustery, finger-chilling and sometimes wet October walk . Assembling first in the shelter of the hide the species list soon climbed , as the usual tits and finches were at the feeders and several duck species , Snipe and Lapwings were on the shore.
It was decided to head for Chapel Bay first in the hope of seeing Pintail and Goldeneye that were reputedly present . These remained elusive but we did spot a colourful Mandarin Duck amonst the Mallards and Teal from the North Car Park .We then retraced our footsteps and strolled along towards the Carr Pond area where black clouds were looming once again !!
By the time we got back, although not a long jaunt , 43 species had been seen , a lone Buzzard circling at the last concluding an enjoyable morning .
Great Crested Grebe , Little Grebe , Cormorant , Grey Heron , Mallard , Teal , Tufted Duck , Shoveler , Wigeon , Mandarin Duck , Canada Goose , Greylag Goose , Mute Swan , Buzzard , Nuthatch , Moorhen , Coot , Lapwng , Common Snipe , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Yellow -legged Gull , Black- headed Gull , Woodpigeon , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Rook , Carrion Crow , Jackdaw , Magpie , Jay , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Long-tailed Tit , Wren , Blackbird , Mistle Thrush , Robin , Dunnock , Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch , Chaffinch , Greenfinch , Bullfinch , Reed Bunting .
There will be a work party to clear scrub in front of the main hide and Sue Worsey hide, clear the channels and a general tidy up on Sunday 12th October 09:30 to 12:30 please come and help, if possible bring spade and loppers
A sharp shower sent some of the 16 of us scurrying back to raid car boots for rainwear. It continued dull and muggy but we had returned before more persistent drizzle set in .
At first it appeared that few birds were abroad , only 18 species having been recorded by the time we paused at St. Mark’s Church, Handley where John Parlby told the tale of the erection of the Osprey platform nearby . Things looked up as we passed through Woolley Moor via Beresford Lane and Temperance Hill . It was here we heard that a Black Tern was over the reservoir , speeding our progress in the hope of seeing it !! Along with this and the bushes adjacent to the car park being alive with warblers that our total for the day was boosted to a satisfactory 42 species .
Other excitement was caused by the sighting of a Purple Hairstreak butterfly at the top of an Ash , and the discovery of several football-sized Puff-balls , one of which found a good home in a plastic bag to be fried in butter later !!
Thanks to Paul Beard for leading once again .
Great Crested Grebe , Little Grebe ,Cormorant, Grey Heron , Mallard , Tufted Duck , Canada Goose , Mute Swan , Buzzard, Nuthatch , Moorhen , Coot , Lesser Black -backed Gull , Black-headed Gull , Black Tern , Woodpigeon , Stock Dove , Collared Dove ,Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow , House Martin , Rook, Carrion Crow , Jackdaw , Magpie , Jay , Blue Tit , Long – tailed Tit , Wren , Blackbird , Robin , Blackcap , Whitethroat , Chiffchaff , Dunnock , Pied Wagtail ,Starling , Goldfinch , Greenfinch , Chaffinch , Reed Bunting ,House Sparrow .
With the threat of rain and rank, damp , burgeoning vegetation plastering us with moisture Paul Beard led us along the relatively dry lanes of the ” Brackenfield loop ” instead of taking to the fields .
The 10 participants encountered 48 species of bird .Warblers skulked in the bushes, Great Spotted Woodpeckers seemed to be everywhere ,and in the vicinity of Brackenfield Green several clouds of Linnets took to the air from behind Nether Farm .
Great Crested Grebe , Little Grebe, Cormorant , Grey Heron , Greylag Goose , Canada Goose , Mallard , Tufted Duck , Teal , Buzzard , Pheasant , Coot , Moorhen , Lapwing , Herring Gull, Lesser Black- backed Gull, Black-headed Gull , Common Tern , Wood Pigeon , Little Owl , Great Spotted Woodpecker , Swift, Swallow , House Martin , Pied Wagtail , Magpie , Carrion Crow , Rook , Coal Tit , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Nuthatch ,Wren , Dunnock , Robin, Song Thrush , Blackbird , Blackcap , Chiffchaff, Whitethroat , Starling , Greenfinch , Chaffinch , Bullfinch, Goldfinch , Linnet , Reed Bunting , House Sparrow .
Butterflies were few , just Green-veined White and Small White recorded
|A Message from Mark Avery:
Thank you for registering for this Hen Harrier Day event in the Peak District on 10 August 2014.
Here are some details and a link to where you can get even more details.
Chris Packham is attending the event and will be available to talk to, cuddle and be photographed for most of the day (as will I but I know which one you will go for…).
At 10am, we will assemble by the Derwent Dam, a couple of minutes stroll from the Fairholmes Visitor Centre for a group photograph. Those photographs will be sent to the media to publicise public outrage at the illegal killing of Hen harriers by the grouse shooting industry. This, and events in Lancashire and Northumberland, will be the first public events to protest at the killing of Hen Harriers.
There will be a few brief words of welcome, encouragement and thanks, from Chris Packham, probably myself and maybe a few others but it won’t last very long.
After the group photograph you are free to mix and mingle with like-minded people, eat a bacon sandwich at the visitor centre, go for a stroll or head off for other parts of the Peak District.
We are expecting quite an attendance, and the area is busy on any fine, sunny Sunday in August (which we hope it will be). The link gives details of public transport options of attending the event. The car parks will almost certainly get very full so please park sensibly and it will be a good idea to arrive in good time to get a parking place.
Thank you for being prepared to stand up and be counted for the Hen Harrier.
For more details of the other two Hen Harrier Day events, information about public transport6 and a few other bits of information then paste this link into your browser: http://markavery.info/hen-
Dull and damp turned to blue and sunny as John Parlby led 14 of us on a delightful circular route , passing Brackenfield Church and flower filled meadows to the Amber. Here a vote was taken to continue our progress past stone properties near the dam wall and along South Hill Lane with views over the reservoir below .
56 species were encountered including 2 of owl delighting us all, not least the incredible camouflage of a Little Owl hiding in the crevice of a tree .
Little Grebe , Great Crested Grebe , Cormorant, Grey Heron , Mute Swan , Greylag Goose , Canada Goose , Mallard , Pochard , Tufted Duck , Buzzard , Kestrel , Pheasant , Moorhen , Coot , Oystercatcher , Lapwing , Black – Headed Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull , Common Tern , Wood Pigeon , Stock Dove , Barn Owl , Little Owl , Great Spotted Woodpecker ,Swift , Sand Martin , Swallow , Grey Wagtail , Pied Wagtail , Wren , Dunnock , Robin , Song Thrush , Mistle Thrush , Blackbird , Whitethroat , Blackcap , Chiffchaff , Willow Warbler , Goldcrest , Long-tailed Tit , Blue Tit , Coal Tit , Great Tit , Jay , Magpie , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow , House Sparrow , Chaffinch , Greenfinch , Goldfinch , Yellowhammer , Reed Bunting , Nuthatch