Trip reports

Winter Hill - 08/06/14

Winter Hill - 08/06/14
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

We set off from the car park in Barrow Bridge, following the stream. We kept our eye out for dipper and grey wagtail but had no luck.

We headed up the steps onto the open grassland at the top of the hill. A willow warbler sang from a nearby bush and swallows swooped through the clear blue sky. As we reached the houses at Walker Fold both a song thrush and a blackcap could be heard singing from deep in the bushes.

We crossed the road and headed up the path towards Burnt Edge. A pair of buzzards were circling above us and a whitethroat was seen in a hawthorn bush.

Meadow pipit, stonechat and linnet were all in evidence along burnt edge along with more swallows. We then walked down to Montcliffe Quarry where we found a family party of ravens and a pair of stock doves.

After reaching the mast road we turned straight off it and down the path towards Holden's Farm. A kestrel was hovering over the horse paddocks and another buzzard was spotted being mobbed by a crow. Along Coal Pit Lane we could hear curlew calling and eventually saw a pair of them flying over a ridge and landing in a field.

We crossed the main road then headed down Longshaw Fold Road back towards Barrow Bridge and found a pheasant was hiding in the long grass by the side of the road. Family parties of great tits and nuthatches were flitting around the trees with all the youngsters making plenty of noise as they were begging their parents to be fed.

One of the group had a fleeting glimpse of a grey wagtail on the stream as we arrived back at the car park. We may not have seen a large number of species but it was a very pleasant walk in lovely summer weather.