Trip reports

Visit to Torver Moor, Cumbria

Cuckoo perched in tree

Saturday, 2 June 2007

This was a new venue for the group to visit & eleven members made the journey. Many thanks to Selina for sharing the beauty of her local patch & for leading the way.
As we were stood by the cars at least 3 Buzzards & Pied Wagtail seen. On reaching the moor the first bird heard was a Cuckoo calling from a hidden postion. After waiting patiently it flew & landed in a more open position, giving good views to all (this was the 1st of 3 birds seen). As we walked across the moor Redpoll & Yellowhammers were heard calling & eventually good views were obtained of both species, the Redpoll favouring the Silver Birches & the Yellowhammers the stony ground among the bracken. Meadow Pipits were flighting up & parachuting down to be hidden in the bracken. The next bird seen was a Stonechat (m) perched. Lunch was taken by the side of a small tarn & sandwiches eaten whilst observing a pair of Whinchat feeding young (the group was well back from the nestsite) they both gave excellent views as they perched up before dropping to ground. Several Whinchats were also seen as we walked across the moor. As we ate lunch a Redstart (f) & Wheatear also put in an appearence.
On the tarn : Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck were seen.
After lunch the group walked around the tarn (apart from self who found the prospect of climbing the fellside rather daunting & stayed behind to look after the rucksacks). Birds seen included Grey Heron, Skylarks, Tree Pipits, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting. As I watched the rucksacks I was entertained by watching another pair of Whinchat & a couple of Ravens flew over calling as they made their way up the valley. A Mistle Thrush landed nearby briefly, & a couple of Skylarks climbed into the sky giving their song.
As we walked off the moor a Green Woodpecker was heard calling & eventually seen by some members on the ground.
Swifts, Swallows, Housse Martins & Lesser Black backed gulls seen in the sky.
Making our way back down the lane to the cars the following seen: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreepers, Wren, Blue & Great Tits, Willow Warbler heard & seen.
Also seen the following species of flower that like boggy areas: Bogbean, Butterwort, Sundew. A dragonfly was seen mating & several Moths seen.
A very enjoyable outing that was much appreciated by the group members

SPECIES SEEN:Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Cuckoo, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow,
House Martin, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Mistle Thrush, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blue & Great Tit, Treecreeper, Raven, Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting.

JWBateman (Group Leader).