Trip reports

Redisher Woods & Holcombe Moor - 13/04/14

Redisher Woods & Holcombe Moor - 13/04/14
Wheatear - Alan Flavell

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Setting off from the car park on Lumb Carr Road the weather was fairly grey but it was dry and not too cold. We walked across the main road and up the path to Moorbottom Road before turning left down the hill. Plenty of blue tits were out gathering nesting materials, picking the moss from the stone walls which line the road. A greenfinch was heard singing from the top of a tree but couldn't be located.

At the bottom of the hill we headed into Redisher Woods. The last time we did this walk we were lucky enough to stumble on a wood warbler but we were not as fortunate today. The usual woodland species were spotted - treecreeper, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker. A tiny coal tit was a nice addition.

As we reached the scrub at the top of the woods I thought I heard a redpoll call but then decided I was hearing things. The call came again, this time with others hearing it as well, and we soon located at least two lesser redpoll in a birch tree. A willow warbler was singing from another tree which was a lovely sign of spring.

Out into the open grassland a green woodpecker flew past giving some of the group a glimpse of its lime green livery.

As we reached the moor the number of birds around diminished but we did add wheatear, meadow pipit and raven.

Back onto Moorbottom Road we scoured the boulders up to the left but found no sign of the little owl which was such a regular sighting just a few years ago.

Just as we were heading back to the cars the rain started which couldn't have been better timing!