Trip reports

Tittesworth Water, 6 December 2015

Tittesworth Water, 6 December 2015
Willow Tit by David Tolliday

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Tittesworth Water is set on the edge of the Peak District National Park and was the venue for our December 2015 walk. We met at 10.30am but very soon afterwards the heavy rain began, resulting in the group splitting into two. The keen birdwatchers ventured to one of the hides whilst the more sensible members of the group sheltered from the rain in Tittesworth's excellent café.

Despite the very poor weather conditions we managed to see 38 different species. The main cause for debate was the difficult identification of is it a willow tit or a marsh tit? The group was evenly split. However, photographs in the very poor quality light, the calls of the birds, the fact that only one of these species was recorded in the log book and also that three pairs are thought to have bred locally this year, solved the identification problem. The large sooty-black cap extending down the back of the neck, a small untidy black bib and its wings showing a pale panel are all the diagnostic features of a willow tit, a declining Red List species.

Following the bird watching the group of 24 enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Lazy Trout at Meerbrook. Thanks to Lydia Taylor for organising what was a really enjoyable day.

A few jokes from the Christmas crackers:
- What do you call a crate of ducks? - A box of quackers.
- What's furry and minty? - A Polo Bear.
- What does and angry kangaroo do? - Get hopping mad.
- What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert? - Lost.

Species List
Great crested grebe
Cormorant
Canada goose
Wigeon
Teal
Mallard
Tufted duck
Goosander
Pheasant
Snipe
Common gull
Black-headed gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Woodpigeon
Great spotted woodpecker
Pied wagtail
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Redwing
Long-tailed tit
Willow tit
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Nuthatch
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion crow
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Lesser redpoll
Bullfinch
Reed bunting