The August Newsletter is now available to view.
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 lead 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
The guided walk held on 2nd. June was led by Keith Turton and John Parlby.
With a very bad weather forecast it was of no surprise that only 7 people took part.
After a brief discussion we decided to go ahead with the walk. We walked down to Chapel Bay and on past Stretton Handley school to Woolley village. Here with the skies darkening we headed back to the reservoir. For the last 30 minutes we had the threatened rain, but not too bad fortunately. Species seen were;
Mandarin 1 female with 4 young, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Jay, Magpie, Blackcap, Crow, Collared Dove, Bullfinch,Dunnock, Starling, Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Tit, Swallow,
Greylag Goose, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Coot, Mute Swan,
Great crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Blackbird,
Chiff Chaff, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Robin, House Martin, Wren, Jackdaw.
Apologies from the trip organiser – due to his incompetence/forgetfulness, he changed the trip date to the 13th (so he could watch the Tour de France) but forgot to amend the website. To date no one had signed up so he’s not feeling too bad.