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Trip Reports - 2021

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Derwent Dale

3rd April 2021

At last we were able to run a club event as members turned up at Ladybower and split into 2 groups to meet the rules of the pandemic. When the highlights are a Buzzard, a Grey Heron and a Cormorant, it is clear that there isn't a lot to report! Several Chiffchaffs were singing but it seems the Sandpipers have yet to turn up. A cold northerly breeze doesn't help. The feeders at Fairholmes were busy with the usual Chaffinches and tits. Those on the other side of the valley were also busy and added Siskins to our list. A Kestrel was at the bird box on the west tower of Derwent Dam. We recorded only 27 species.

Ramsley & Big Moor

8th April 2021

Five members convened at Shillito Wood for a walk around Ramsley Moor and Big Moor. The day started well with Yellowhammer, and Reed Bunting at the bird feeders in the car park. There was a strong and very cold breeze as we set off. The woods on Ramsley Moor were filled with the songs of Wrens and Chiffchaffs and everyone had excellent views of one of the Chiffchaffs. The first Willow Warblers of the year were heard but not seen (2 of them). The highlight on the first part of the walk was a good view of the first Tree Pipit of the year, singing and doing its parachute display flight. The wind felt even stronger on Big Moor where there were reasonable numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits,. Sadly, a few folks had set off for home before we checked the feeders at Shillito Wood, where there were a couple of Bramblings in breeding plumage - a good finish to the morning. Despite none of the common tit species being recorded, we still managed 31 species.

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