This morning I had a bit of a blast from the past, with a visit to Glen Howe Park in Wharncliffe Side. I haven’t been there for years, and spent a lot of time there when I was a kid, and it was quite weird to be back as it hasn’t really changed at all. It really is a nice park – secluded and well maintained, and well worth a visit.
My target for the morning was pied flycatcher – a male had been reported here on the SBSG site on a couple of days recently. Although quite an easy bird to find at Padley Gorge this time of year, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get one in a local spot. It wasn’t long until I found a handsome male – the views were brief and not the best I’ve ever had, but still a nice new bird for the year, not too far from home at all.
Also around were a singing blackcap, several willow warblers and chiffchaff, a great spotted woodpecker and a treecreeper. Walking back to Wharncliffe Side there was a flock of siskins on School Lane, and a couple of swallows overhead.