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Weekend Walk - Shillito Woods

Weekend Walk - Shillito Woods
Sheffield RSPB Group near Shillito Woods Photo: Helen Ensor

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Shillito Woods has long held a reputation for good birds and, once again, it didn't disappoint. Even before we left the car park we had seen a good range of birds at the feeding station, including yellowhammer.

Setting off with our walk leaders, John and Anne Robinson, imagine our delight when a raven lazily floated overhead giving out its guttural "cronk" call. Also catching our attention was the high pitched "hic" of a great spotted woodpecker but, by the time we had located it, it flew away. There were charms of goldfinches and greenfinches in nearby conifers and meadow pipits a-plenty on the moorland. We also saw two species of raptor; kestrel and buzzard, and had fleeting views of a stonechat.

As for the weather, it was very kind to us. Although rather cloudy, it was mild and, considering the remote location, there was very little wind. Amongst our group of fourteen, we were pleased to welcome 11-year old Will - a new member very keen to see new birds. Nearer the other end of the 'scale' before setting off, we were very pleased to present John Ensor with the RSPB Silver Puffin badge to mark his ten years of volunteering with the organization.

14 people attended; 19 bird species

Star bird: Raven

Full list of species seen:
Blue tit
Coal tit
Common buzzard
Great spotted woodpecker
Great tit
Long-tailed tit
Meadow pipit