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):
Great Spotted Woodpecker