Trip reports

White Coppice - 19/05/13

White Coppice - 19/05/13
Ian Crawshaw

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The weather was grey but dry for our morning walk beginning at the cricket club of White Coppice. It was the first time I had visited the area so I was really looking forward to discovering a new place so close to home. As I got out of the car a willow warbler was singing its little heart out from the top of a nearby tree and a nuthatch was working its way along the fence, eventually coming quite close but flying off as soon as I lifted my camera out of its bag - typical!

As we walked up to the cricket pitch mistle thrush, blackbird and meadow pipit were all feeding on the outfield. A song thrush was singing from the top of a tree and a swallow was sitting on a TV aerial. We passed the clubhouse heading towards the moors before beginning the climb uphill. Good numbers of meadow pipits were present, performing their wonderful parachuting display. Swifts and house martins were also swooping around and a small flock of Canada geese were spotted on the other side of the valley in the company of a lone, white farmyard goose.

We walked along a track along the top of the moor with several skylarks ascending and then heard a plaintive cry which caught our attention - a golden plover flew over the heather before dropping out of sight over the crest of the hill. A silhouette on the horizon was investigated before being identified as a curlew - we had heard several calling but this was the first one we had got a good view of. As we began the descent, a lone tree was playing host to two linnets and on the wall along the bottom of the track was a female wheatear.

Into the woodland we went which was full of birdsong. This allowed us to locate several of the usual woodland species including goldcrest and blackcap. We walked down a very steep and muddy path to reach The Goit, a man-made stream which runs down the valley into Anglezarke Reservoir. We followed the stream back to the cricket club adding kestrel, whitethroat and house sparrow.

I enjoyed my first trip to this area and will definitely be returning soon. 39 species were seen.