Trip reports

Weekend Walk - Padley Gorge (Famous Birdsong Walk)

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 28 April 2018

We set off from Grindleford Station on an unseasonably cold morning, hoping to see and hear as many birds as possible. We feared the cold conditions would suppress the bird song, but fortunately this was not the case as we were soon listening to Song Thrush, Blackbird and Blackcap announcing their presence loud and clear. One bird that grabbed our attention was a Nuthatch, as it belted out its loud stuttering call, competing with Chaffinch, Dunnock and Robin. Siskins were busy in a conifer as a Common Buzzard drifted overhead.

Once in the woodland, we started to hear Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Coal Tit - after which an obliging Mistle Thrush joined in the chorus. Padley is renowned for its Pied Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and Redstarts and, yes, we managed all three! We all got fantastic views of the flycatchers and pipits; the Redstarts proved more elusive, but we enjoyed their song. It turned out to be a bird song extravaganza and, despite the initially unpromising conditions, it didn't even rain.

Leaders: Janet & Paul Medforth
23 people attended
34 species seen
Star Bird: Pied Flycatcher

Full list:
Blackbird
Blackcap
Blue Tit
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Common Buzzard
Dunnock
Great Tit
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Jay
Kestrel
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mistle Thrush
Mallard
Nuthatch
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Pheasant
Robin
Redstart
Red Grouse
Song Thrush
Siskin
Sparrowhawk
Tree Pipit
Treecreeper
Wood Pigeon
Willow Warbler
Wren