Trip reports

Roeburndale and Langden Valley

Roeburndale and Langden Valley
Ring Ouzel - Jill Islam

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The trip to Roeburndale didn't go as expected. After parking up, we had difficulty finding the path down to the wood, so, after eventually arriving in a boggy field, we retreated and abandoned the morning walk. Though, on the short incursion we did make, we were surprised at how little bird life was evident. A tree pipit was seen near the road, a few red-legged partridge were flushed as we crossed the fields, and a female pheasant staunchly refused to move off her nest as we passed within inches in the valley bottom.

We then headed through the Trough of Bowland for the short walk up the Langden valley to Landgen castle.

On and around the river were a curlew flying over, mallard, dipper, moorhen, oystercatcher, lapwing, common sandpiper, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, black-headed gull, and lesser black-backed gull.

A kestrel and a buzzard patrolled the air along with the swallows, house martins, and sand martins, and on the heather and bracken covered hillside stonechat, meadow pipits, were found. The few small trees were home to a few willow warblers, chiffchaff, and blackcap, along with a few of the more common woodland birds.
A ring ouzel was heard calling, and then after locating it, we watched it fly across the valley and then from rock to floor to fencepost before it eventually disappeared from view.

Plenty of green hairstreak butterflies were to be found on the bilberry scrub.
We were about a third of the way back down when a cuckoo started calling further up from the point we had reached but it appeared to be in an inaccessible dip high on the hillside, so we listened for a while before returning to the cars.

5 attended, 44 species seen