Derwent Valley – I’m Happy When I’m Hiking !

June 8, 2013 in Photo's., Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

I went hiking today, yes hiking ! no bird counts, no chasing mega rarity’s, mainly just hiking taking in Whatstandwell,  Cromford, Fanny’s Coppice and Hard Labour, plus about four woods including Lea Wood, and it was a splendid day. I did pack binoculars, small telescope, camera and a mono-pod and a “day list” will appear at the end of this post.

The original plan was to look for flycatchers, Pied and/or Spotted, plus anything else that might be hiding in the ample woodlands in this part of the Derwent Valley. The basic plan and the “target species list” somehow drifted up into the dappled green woodland canopy and just drifted away and I just started  to enjoy the day and whatever it may bring.

I did run across a few birds, mainly just the more common species of tit, finch and warbler, the only ones of note being a Raven in a tree just above me that for the life of me, I just could not see ! and a Tree Pipit practicing parachuting on the woodland edge, both in Lea Wood. A couple of Roe Deer hinds also put in an appearance.

The River Derwent yielded a very busy Dipper and a family of five Grey Wagtails, plus three more individuals. There was a distinct lack of butterflies, a couple of Peacocks and a few whites but the event of the day was the sight of a Brown Wall Butterfly along the river near the Cromford Rugby Club, it’s amazing what one bumps into without really trying – as I say, a splendid day.

The Day List. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Jay, Dipper, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Robin, House Sparrow, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Feral Rock Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 8 Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Wren.

Butterflies. Brown Wall, Peacock, Small White, Large White. Plus. 2 Fallow Deer hinds.

Red Campion

Red Campion

 

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

 

Ramsons

Ramsons

 

Mallard

Mallard

 

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

 

Dipper

Dipper

 

Welcome To Lake Bennerley !

November 22, 2012 in The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Mallard

…… and lake it was ! lots of it, but not as many occupants as I would have liked, still’ 2 Jack Snipe, one refusing to move and standing right in front of me ! can’t be bad, nor were a few Lapwings and Wigeon, plus a couple of Shoveler.

Round at the water treatment works, lots of Jackdaws and a brace of Grey Wagtails, not bad for a couple of hours !

Not good for photography tho’ strange light and all I managed were a few “noisy” efforts – shame !



Bennerley. 35 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 40 Lapwing, 2 Jack Snipe, 65 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 12 Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush. Newthorpe Water Treatment Works. 2 Grey Wagtail, 20 Pied Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. 90 Jackdaw. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 35 Redwing.

Kestrel

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull

 

Lapwing Over The Viaduct

Cromford – Seeking Rattie !

March 30, 2012 in Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Peep Bo !

Well, I am on a bit of a roll ! another fun filled day, not many species but some cracking creatures !

I started on the canal at Ambergate with a Dunnock orgy, Grey Wagtails, an overflying female Crossbill and the first “Rattie” the second appeared in playful mood a few minutes later, rolling about in the water at arms length !

The only Dipper of the day was seen on the Derwent from the footbridge at the High Peak Trail.

At the rugby club the game had just finished as I arrived and as the small crowd left, three Hawfinch left with them, the crowed headed for the cars, the Hawfinch headed for the Castle Hotel !

Sat down by the river by the chapel hoping for a closer Dipper but no joy with that one, just a pair of Goosander battling the white water and drifting of down stream, I drifted of home.

 

Cromford Canal. 2 Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk [f.] Crossbill [f.] 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Hawfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Goosander [R.Derwent] 14 Greylag Goose. Plus. 2 Water Vole. Bow Wood. Chiffchaff, Song Thrush.