Today was sunny and, in recent standards, warm, and it seemed Spring had arrived, if not the Spring migrants. Still no signs of chiffchaffs, wheatears, willow warblers or blackcaps, but the resident stuff was out singing en force.
I started off at Stanley Hill, where a meadow pipit or two were passing through, and a carrion crow was carrying nest material. At Wheata Wood a few lesser redpoll were around, a single crossbill flew over calling, and a yellowhammer was at its usual spot down from the car park. Then onwards to the Chase where the highlights were:
- A pair of green woodpeckers
- Lots of meadow pipits (well over 30), with many singing and displaying.
- 1+ linnet calling
- At least one each of curlew and lapwing (the top end of the Chase is closed for lambing so I couldn’t seek them out to count).
- Singing yellowhammer, stock dove, wren, dunnock, robin, reed bunting etc.
I found this poor guy too – a sign perhaps the bad weather is taking its toll.
Then on to Wharncliffe Res, where two curlews were in a field nearby, and the pond next to the reservoir housed two moorhen, and was briefly visited by a party of 6+ teal. On Back Lane, there were 5+ tree sparrow, a singing linnet at the top of a tree, a singing skylark and a kestrel.
On the way back there were even more meadow pipits round Woodhead Road and Hallfield Head Farm, and the usual stuff on the way back down Wheata Wood.