Trip reports

Torver Common

Cuckoo perched in tree
rspb images

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Torver Common meeting 2nd June 2016

This was a joint meeting with the South Lakes local group and a total of 15 people met on a calm and very sunny day. We were led by Selina Tutin who lives locally and knows the common well as it is her local patch. Over the years that she has been monitoring the birds on the common she has recorded a total of 99 different species; (an extra one would make a nice round number!).

We moved slowly over the open common stopping regularly to scan the scattered trees and bushes as well as the bracken, rocks and grassy tussocks. We were rewarded with good views of a number of whinchat, some meadow pipits carrying food and a variety of other small birds. When we settled down for lunch by a disused reservoir 2 tree pipits flew down in front of us and ran around the muddy inflow area of the reservoir.

The birds seen on the day as well as the whinchat and pipits were stonechat, common whitethroat, wheatear, willow warbler, redstart, redpoll, pied wagtail, robin, chaffinch, great tit, jackdaw, carrion crow and buzzard. One of our target birds, the cuckoo, was heard but unfortunately not seen. The weather and beautiful scenery around the common, along with good views of birds on such a clear day made for a very enjoyable outing. Thanks go to Selina for her knowledge of the common and the birds that can be seen there.