Two more days into the year, and two walks in the Loxley Valley to show for it. Yesterday I managed to time it so most of my walk was taken up with a heavy snow shower, so there weren’t many birds to see at all, by far the biggest highlights being a large flock of 120 or so siskin near Old Wheel Dam, c20 fieldfare at Stacey Bank, and 7 tufted ducks at Old Wheel Dam.
Today it was a nice clear day, and the birding was a little better, with a small skein of Canada geese being a year tick as I left the house. On the path opposite the house three lesser redpoll were a nice surprise…
…other birds seen on a round walk to Old Wheel Dam and back included my first mistle and song thrushes of the year, a dipper on the river near the bowling green, and a nuthatch on Rowell Lane. A small flock of around 15 siskins were on Low Matlock Lane, but the numbers seen yesterday weren’t apparent.
Tomorrow I’m off to the Pugney’s CP/Calder Wetlands area – hopefully I can pick up some of the rarer ducks that have been loitering there recently, including ferruginous duck (yes, the same one as last time…), ring-necked duck, smew and red-breasted merganser, as well as the possibility of glaucous and iceland gulls.