Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Wyming Brook, Fox Hagg and Redmires

Male snipe singing in the rain

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

We started our walk from Wyming Brook car park on an atypical day for June but, very soon we were looking at a pair of Bullfinches and a singing Willow Warbler.  Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Wren and Blackbird were also seen before we entered the woods above Wyming Brook. Once into these, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits were sighted, along with Buzzard, Goldcrest and Treecreeper.  But the highlight of the morning for most of the group was the sighting of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, including recently fledged young and, at the same time, a pair of Crossbills.
After getting good views of Jay on our way through Fox Hagg, we reached Rivelin Reservoir where we were rewarded with good views of Grey Heron, two Great-crested Grebes, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and Mallard.
Unfortunately, the cool, damp weather was not the best for warblers and flycatchers. Although we heard a Chiffchaff and had sightings of Willow Warbler and Blackcap, we failed to locate Wood Warbler, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher - all species known to be present on the reserve.
After lunch at Redmires Top Reservoir, a smaller group set off again in even cooler conditions. Despite this, we were soon rewarded by sightings of Tufted Duck, Greylag and Canada Geese, a Common Sandpiper, a singing Chaffinch and a pair of striking Siskin. On the moorland, we found Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Curlew and had a brief sighting of a Golden Plover. Easier to see were Red Grouse - including a pair with young. On the Conduit Path we saw an anxious adult calling to two juveniles ahead of us on the path. Later on, Lapwings were seen with young as well as well-developed juveniles.  A Snipe was briefly seen and a Kestrel was also sighted hunting nearby.
On our return to the car-park at the end of our walk, we saw a Grey Wagtail and one of our group located two Little Ringed Plover.
It had been an enjoyable day with over 51 bird species recorded.

22 people attended
35 species were recorded around Wyming Brook in the morning.
32 species were recorded around Redmires in the afternoon.

Leaders: Neil Fawson (Wyming Brook) and Bob Russon (Redmires)