I took advantage of the Bank Holiday today and went for a trudge through the slowly melting snow. I met up with Andy Hill (who took all the photos below) in Wheata Wood, where a search for lesser spotted woodpecker was typically fruitless, but there was some light passage of meadow pipits, with a single skylark and curlew passing overhead. A yellowhammer was also singing, and four redwing lingering.
From there we went up Wharncliffe Chase, where a flock of five lapwing also revealed the same number of golden plover among them. Not that common a bird on the Chase, and always good to see.
Also around were a couple of singing skylark, and at least one crossbill flew calling overhead by the shooting lodge.
Then we walked up to Wharncliffe Res, via Woodhead Road where a flock of c10 fieldfare, 2 mistle thrush and a pair of red-legged partridge were found, and took a detour to check on the tree sparrows on Bank Lane. The snow here was crazy, with piles well over six foot high in places. We found the tree sparrows, still present in the usual place, with around 10 flitting round the trees and hedgerow. Also here was a single male yellowhammer, three soaring common buzzards, and a small flock of 5 common gulls and 8 black-headed gulls.
On further up to Wortley to Rough Lane, where two lapwing, three curlew, two red-legged partridge, three stock doves, a reed bunting and three yellowhammer were found. Five Canada Geese seen on Wharncliffe Res were fairly unusual, and we finished with a fairly uneventful trip back down the Chase.