Trip reports

Winter Hill - 09/06/13

male stonechat perched on bramble
RSPB Images

Sunday, 9 June 2013

It was a promising start when I first stepped out of the car and could hear the sound of a British summer - a cuckoo was calling from the ridge by the road which leads up to the mast. As everybody began to arrive we searched for the bird but couldn't locate it and we concluded it was just the other side of the ridge.

We headed off along Georges Lane picking up willow warbler, meadow pipit and chaffinch. Further along the lane towards the kennels, a couple of lapwings were displaying in the sheep field and a reed bunting was seen on the heather close by.

We turned off the lane at the kennels and headed up onto the moor towards Two Lads. Meadow pipits were everywhere, some with food, others with nesting materials. Skylarks were also abundant and we saw several at close quarters.

From the top of Two lads, a distant bird had us guessing until it began to call - it was a curlew. A kestrel was also hunting nearby. We crossed the mast road and headed towards Holden's Plantation which held a singing chiffchaff. Swallows were swooping in and out of the farm buildings at Holden's farm and a whitethroat was singing from the wires overhead.

Walking along the bottom of burnt edge we located a pair of stonechat and, in the pines at the top of burnt edge, a pair of lesser redpoll. In the quarry was a family party of ravens, flying around and calling. We made our way back to the mast road then walked down it back to the Georges Lane. Several house sparrows were in the gardens lining the lane.

It was a pleasant walk in summer sunshine and 36 species were seen.