A dull start this morning with a temperature of 9°C as we made our way to Denholme Clough to join other BOG members for a guided walk.We started off seeing a female Bullfinch with a juvenile tucking in to some Rowan berries by the side of the road. We headed through the valley seeing good numbers of Swallows & further along a Redstart was spotted.Looking over the reservoir a couple of Linnets flew over us & the Swallows were joined by House Martins, a Jay flew across the reservoir & Canadas were in a nearby field.We headed down towards the reservoir seeing a Sparrowhawk & in the distance a Cormorant flew past.We found a spot near the reservoir hoping to see some waders but it looked like our luck was out until a dark bird with a white rump flew in to the edge of the water, a Green Sandpiper.We were delighted to see one locally for the first time, the bird flew back along the shore & stopped some distance away opposite us. It stayed here for some time until it was disturbed,
we only got distant record snaps but pleased just to see the bird.
Overhead a Peregrine Falcon was circling high up & in nearby bushes a couple of Willow Warblers & a Chiffchaff were seen.We headed back through the Clough catching up with a male Redstart which we got a good view of, too slow for a snap though.Also heading back we saw a distant Whitethroat,Goldfinch, a couple of Deer & other common bird species.
|Distant record snap of Green Sandpiper|
|Doe Park Reservoir|