Trip reports

Guided Walk on Baildon

Guided Walk on Baildon
'Who's watching who?" Paul Barrett

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Our first guided walk since the pandemic struck took place on Baildon Moor. A small group of us gathered at the car park opposite Dobrudden Caravan Park on a day that turned out to be much warmer than any of us had anticipated.
Regular walkers commented that they had rarely seen so many golfers on the course and this may have contributed to the unusual scarcity of birds during our walkabout.
The day started well with a great view of a wheatear patrolling up and down the nearest fairway. 'Wheatear' is a corruption of 'white rear', which is one of the key identification features of this bird.
Took the public footpath across the course getting tantalising glimpses of birds flitting along the top of the bracken, which were too quick to identify!
After a few minutes of anxious searching, we were delighted to find the little owl in its 'usual spot'. Not sure who was watching more attentively, us or the owl!
Continued around the perimeter of the golf course, flushing out meadow pipits and skylarks along the way.
Having told the group that to expect flocks of pink footed geese overhead, we saw two unidentified geese in the far distance. No raptors in sight either!
A short (!) list of the birds seen:
Wheatear, crow, black headed gull, house martin, jackdaw, wood pigeon, pheasant, little owl, meadow pipit, geese, skylark, magpie.