Loxley Valley, Damflask, Agden

Is it really only a week since the snow? Today was warm, sunny and springlike, and the perfect morning for a walk.

Not too much of note in the Loxley Valley, except to say that some birds were in full song, especially dunnocks and song thrushes. There was a good mixed flock of birds at Stacey Lane, including treecreepers and long-tailed tits, and a couple of tree sparrows.

I went onwards up to Damflask, which suffered a bit from the amounts of rowers, runners and dog walkers who were also enjoying the good weather. A cormorant was sunning itself on a buoy, and the assembled black-headed gulls had a couple of interesting birds among them. One was a bird I’m chalking up as a 1st winter common gull, and another I’m not 100% sure of, but thinking it could well have been the little gull that has been in the area. It appeared smaller than the BHGs, and had a blackish crown, and was chased off by one of the other gulls. Unfortunately I didn’t get a long look to see any other field markings – has anyone else seen it there today? EDIT – I’m going to put this down as a tentative tick – one was seen there last Sunday, and nothing else as far as I could see would have had the dark crown.

Moving on to Agden, two great spotted woodpeckers were busy drumming loudly, which was a joy to listen to. In the woods every tree seemed to house a singing goldcrest, and two female goldeneye (the same ones as were at Old Wheel Dam?) were on the reservoir. A cormorant was also there.

I finished the walk with a nice cold pint of cider outside the Old Horns Inn at High Bradfield, looking out at the view, and got good views of a soaring buzzard high in the sky – my first of the year.

Full list today (in order of sightings):

Song thrush
Carrion crow
Woodpigeon
Robin
Jackdaw
Long-tailed Tit
Blackbird
Magpie
Wren
Great Tit
Stock Dove
Dunnock
Chaffinch
Blue Tit
Greenfinch
Mallard
Goldcrest
Jay
Black-headed Gull
Moorhen
Pied Wagtail
Grey Heron
Pheasant
Common Gull
Coot
Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Goldfinch
Treecreeper
Tree Sparrow
Mistle Thrush
Cormorant
Little Gull
Collared Dove
House Sparrow
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Coal Tit
Goldeneye
Starling
Buzzard

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