06/05/2013 – Stanley Hill and Dukes Road

A couple of trips out this morning – firstly an early(ish) morning walk through Wheata Wood and on to Stanley Hill and Stubbing House Lane. Wheata contained the flock of lesser redpoll as yesterday, plus a yaffling green woodpecker, a drumming great spotted woodpecker, and a couple each of chiffchaff and willow warbler.

Stanley Hill housed at least six singing willow warblers, and three whitethroat – the latter seems to be much more plentiful than last year. There were also 10+ linnet, a kestrel, a couple of swallows and a few meadow pipits about.

Walking back up towards Grenoside two more whitethroats were present on the path between Stubbing House Lane and Skew Hill, and four swallows were on wires on Skew Hill. Passing back through the village, more redpolls were around, probably part of the Wheata Wood flock.

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A lunchtime we enjoyed the Bank Holiday sun by having a quick picnic on the bench at the start of Dukes Road (near Bradfield). Highlights there were (again) two singing whitethroats, a calling cuckoo heard from not far to the south of the area, three curlew, and the obligatory chuckling red grouse.

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