Trip reports

Weekend Walk - Padley Gorge (Famous Birdsong Walk)

Willow warbler

Saturday, 22 April 2017

We set off from Grindleford Station on a lovely calm Spring morning, serenaded by Chaffinches, Robins, Wrens and Blackbirds. The first bird to really catch our attention was a singing Blackcap, and then we got good views of a Treecreeper and a Goldcrest. The sighting of a distant Sparrowhawk opened up a debate; could it in fact be a Goshawk? 

Around Padley Chapel, we were surrounded by singing Great Tits, Dunnocks, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and a Song Thrush. In the woodland, we had amazing views of male Pied Flycatchers although it appeared that the females had not yet arrived.

On reaching the moorland, we struggled (successfully!) to see Wheatear, Stonechat and Reed Bunting but totally failed to see Redstart. This was remedied on our walk back when a few of our party managed to see a couple.

A nice final surprise was to see a beautiful pair of Mandarin Ducks waddling down the footpath in front of us. It had proved to be a very pleasant and productive walk.

23 people attended
38 bird species seen
Star Bird: Pied Flycatcher

Full bird list:
Blackbird
Blackcap
Blue Tit
Buzzard
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Crow
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker
House Sparrow  
Jay  
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie  
Mandarin Duck  
Meadow Pipit  
Mistle Thrush
Nuthatch  
Pied Flycatcher  
Pied Wagtail
Redstart  
Reed Bunting  
Robin
Siskin  
Song Thrush  
Sparrowhawk  
Stonechat  
Treecreeper
Wheatear  
Willow Warbler  
Wood Pigeon  
Wren