Baby boom…

Last Wednesday I took the morning off work to finish my BBS survey at Damflask. Not a lot to report, except loads of juv coal, blue and great tits around, and a family party of nuthatches. On the way back I stopped off in the Loxley Valley and came across a couple of grey partridges at Old Wheel Farm… not a very common bird in this part of Sheffield, and a very unexpected “patch tick”!

On Saturday I had a walk round the Agden area, the highlights of which being good views of a redstart, a green woodpecker, several whitethroat, and smatterings of juvenile chaffinches and willow warblers.

Chaffinch and fledgling

Willow Warbler (juv)

Whitethroat

Today I had a scan of Tyzack’s Dam (at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet) for mandarin ducks. They didn’t take much finding, with a female with no fewer than nine ducklings lurking on the bank, and at least seven other adults milling about, the males looking quite scruffy in their eclipse plumage.

Mandarin Mum

Mandarin

Mandarin

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2 thoughts on “Baby boom…”

  1. just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say how much fun i’ve had reading it. Excellent work! I’ve found quite a few area’s to explore now for birding thanks to your posts as previously i’d just gone to places in sheffield/peak where i go biking or climbing.
    thanks!

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