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.