Trip reports

Weekend Walk - Shirebrook Valley

Weekend Walk - Shirebrook Valley
Buzzard Photo: Edwyn Anderton

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Following the beautiful weather on our previous walk in the Rivelin Valley, we were lucky to have yet another lovely autumn morning for our visit to the Shirebrook Valley. Even before we left the car park, led by Anne and John Robinson, a common buzzard was spotted being harassed by a crow; could this be a good omen for our walk? In fact, although we were accompanied by buzzards for most of the morning, we struggled to see many other birds at all.

There were lots of magpies, crows and woodpigeons, and we did hear the plaintive song of a robin, but lovely little passerines were few and far between. Even the feeding station where we had hoped to see willow tit was deserted.

As we climbed up the valley onto the meadowland we were rewarded by the spectacle of five common buzzards soaring effortlessly overhead and, before completing the walk, we did manage to spot mallard, moorhen and sparrowhawk. It may not have been one of our most ornithologically productive walks, but the autumn colours were spectacular.

26 people attended - 16 species seen and/or heard

Star bird: Common buzzard

Other species:
Blackbird
Blue tit
Bullfinch
Common buzzard
Crow
Goldfinch
Jay
Long-tailed tit
Mallard
Magpie
Moorhen
Robin
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Woodpigeon
Wren