Trip reports

Weekend Walk - Chesterfield Canal

Tree sparrow on twig

Saturday, 30 April 2016

We set off down Lindrick Dale in lovely bright sunshine, listening to and looking at Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Robins and Wrens. Other birds competed for our attention and we were soon adding Chiffchaffs, Goldfinches, Grey and Pied Wagtails to our list.  As we approached the canal, the habitat changed and we started getting more species like Skylarks, Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat.
 
The walk along the canal was lovely with Mallards, Moorhens, and a forlorn cob Mute Swan.  We saw the swan's nest with eggs in it and wondered where the pen was, but the sad truth was explained to us by a local passer-by who told us that the female had died three days before.

After stopping at a cafe in Shireoaks, we returned across rolling fields with Lapwings, Linnets, Swallows and Sand Martins overhead. We just managed to get back before the heavens opened and it poured with rain.

Yet another eventful walk with plenty of great birds.

14 people attended
42 bird species seen

Full bird list:
Blackbird
Buzzard
Blue Tit
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Canada Goose
Coot
Crow
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Grey Wagtail
Greenfinch
Great Tit
Grey Heron
House Martin
House Sparrow
Kestrel
Linnet
Lapwing
Mallard
Magpie
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Mistle Thrush
Nuthatch
Pied Wagtail
Pheasant
Robin
Reed Bunting
Skylark
Song Thrush
Swallow
Starling
Sand Martin
Tufted Duck
Tree Sparrow
Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren