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Another fabulous day spent around here today; pretty grey day, chilly at times when the wind got up, but stayed dry. Same route as before.

3 goldcrest
2 chiffchaff heard
17 willow warbler
3 blackcap
1 spotted flycatcher (and that took some finding)
c15 pied flycatcher (mostly fledglings)
10 treecreeper
11 nuthatch
8 swallow
4 stonechat (pair and fledglings)
2 whinchat
3 redstart (male taking food to nest, female feeding fledgling)
22 meadow pipit
1 tree pipit
4 grey wagtail
3 skylark
9 song thrush
2 mistle thrush
1 jay
6 swift
6 great spotted woodpecker
1 green woodpecker heard
3 Mandarin duck
2 woodcock
2 curlew
2 kestrel

As well as the breeding evidence above, also fledgling tits, nuthatch, robin and meadow pipit, and willow warbler and song thrush both gathering insects. Obviously an extremely productive day, but two spotted flycatchers in two visits doesn't sound very healthy; perhaps an early first visit and then a dull, chilly day today played a part, I hope so, anyway. Pied flycatchers seem to be filling their boots, though.

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Monday 21st 8.30-16.00

A stunning day up on the Longshaw Estate with Chris Chandler, we took the day off work and relished the lack of people compared to a weekend day.

Sightings much the same as Shannon, less diligent though in failing to count the numbers of the commoner birds! First time exploring the quarry and Bolehill Wood, and also Granby Woods up to the Longshaw house, where we found a proudly singing Redstart.

All the specialities were present and showing well, we did get brilliant views of a Cuckoo as well, as 2 birds sang at each other one of them flew past us at close range. A few more Spotted Flycatchers were in too, we saw 3 or 4 and one obvious pair amongst them. Another funny one was a Red Grouse apparently sunbathing on one of the large stones of Owler Tor.

Also a first ever Green Hairstreak found on the moor edges, very happy with that





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Another day spent around this fabulous place today. From Grindleford station, through the gorge, Longshaw Estate and onto White Edge Moor (I think it's called):

1 goldcrest heard
5 chiffchaff
18 willow warbler
1 wood warbler
6 blackcap
1 spotted flycatcher
18 pied flycatcher
1 treecreeper
5 nuthatch
3 linnet
6 swallow
1 stonechat
4 redstart
21 meadow pipit
1 tree pipit
1 or 2 grey wagtail
1 or 2 dipper
2 skylark
4 song thrush
3 mistle thrush
1 jay
2 great spotted woodpecker
1 cuckoo heard
3 Mandarin duck
1 little grebe
1 curlew
2 kestrel
1 or 2 buzzard

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Another day here again today; same route as my post below, though my wander over the moorland edges was cut short due to heavy rain. Highlights:

4 goldcrest
4 chiffchaff
4 blackcap
c15 willow warbler
Lots of fledgling coal tit.
6 spotted flycatcher
10+ pied flycatcher, with lots of activity around nest boxes.
5 treecreeper
10+ nuthatch, including fledglings.
1 siskin
10+ swallow
1 whinchat
3 redstart
1 dipper
c20 meadow pipit
3 tree pipit
1 pied wagtail
3+ grey wagtail, including at least one fledgling.
2 skylark
5 song thrush
1 mistle thrush
1 jay
5+ swift
2 great spotted woodpecker heard
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

Best views I've had of tree pipit and whinchat (a beautiful male), too; another great day out here.

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First visit to this lovely place from 11-2 today. Walked up the right hand side of the gorge from Grindleford station, lunch as the woods opened out, then back down the left hand side. Left hand side definitely more productive. Highlights: 

Wood Warbler by quarry, Redstart, Pied Flycather, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, numerous Willow Warbler and Meadow Pipit,  Chiffchaff, Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtail. 



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The annual visit to Padley Gorge with Chris Chandler, not to be derailed by drizzly rain as we reasoned the oak tree canopy would be plenty of shelter for the birds we wanted to see and they would still be active.

Lots of birds as ever including the headliners:
Wood Warbler
Redstart
Tree Pipit
Pied Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

The Tree Pipits and Redstarts were a bit more subdued than I've seen in the past, but the flycatchers were showing as well as ever.

This is a gorgeous spot even in the rain and mist, we had a great few hours.


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Day spent around here today; from Grindleford station, up through the woodland gorge, through the Longshaw Estate and up onto the moorland edges. Fantastic day for it, apart from a heavy shower in the early afternoon (where I found a handy pine shelter someone'd built and watched a pair of robin gather insects); highlights:

8 goldcrest
9 chiffchaff
20+ willow warbler
3 blackcap heard singing
9+ spotted flycatcher
10+ pied flycatcher
7 treecreeper
5 nuthatch
2+ siskin
2 linnet over
10+ swallow
5 stonechat
1 whinchat
3 redstart
1 dipper
20+ meadow pipit
3 pied wagtail
6 skylark heard singing
5 song thrush
4 mistle thrush
3 great spotted woodpecker
1 green woodpecker
1 cuckoo heard fairly distantly
4 Mandarin duck
2 or 3 curlew heard
1 sparrowhawk
1 buzzard heard

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 14th of May 2017 10:50:05 PM

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Day spent here today; same route as below, but didn't make it onto the moors this time. The gorge itself was very quiet (unsurprisingly, considering the time of year), although there were lots of very active and vocal coal tits around. Still, though, some great species seen during the day, in what was another extremely enjoyable day out here (despite a bit of leaden-leggedness at times!); highlights:

2 goldcrest
3+ willow warbler
1 spotted flycatcher
4 treecreeper
5 nuthatch
5 siskin
3+ bullfinch (at least two juvenile)
1 dipper
4 stonechat (female and three juveniles)
1 wheatear (juvenile)
6 swallow
4 meadow pipit
1 tree pipit
1 grey wagtail
2 jay
1 Mandarin
1 woodcock
1 kestrel

Another new butterfly species for me, too; a couple of dark green fritillary. :)


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Sunday 12th June.
Afternoon visit with Simon Gough.

- Redstart 3 (1 pr feeding a brood, another male later)
- Pied Flycatcher 5 (3m 2f)
- Tree Pipit 2 (1 singing & parachuting, 1 over)
- Meadow Pipit
- Blackcap 1m
- Willow Warbler
- Chiffchaff
- Goldcrest 2
- Grey Wagtail 5 (1 then 4 together)
- Nuthatch 2
- Reed Bunting 2
- Stonechat 2
- Mistle Thrush
- Cuckoo heard only
- Green Woodpecker heard only



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Fabulous day spent here today. From Grindleford station, through the gorge, up to through the Longshaw Estate, across, and then a wander about the moorland edges and the various wooded habitats around there:

3 goldcrest heard singing
Chiffchaff, willow warbler (lots), blackcap
1 wood warbler (first one I've seen)
4 spotted flycatcher
8 pied flycatcher
8 treecreeper (several taking food to nests)
4 nuthatch
6 siskin
1 reed bunting heard
2 redstart (one heard only)
25+ meadow pipit (one with food)
4 tree pipit (one with food)
2 pied wagtail
1 grey wagtail
3 skylark
Song and mistle thrush
2 great spotted woodpecker (one heard drumming)
1 cuckoo
5 mandarin (two females over when waiting for train home; three drakes on pond)
4 (or 6) curlew

Also another first for me; a green hairstreak up on the moorland edges. Stunning little creature.

Had a superb day.


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A run out to Padley Gorge with Chris Chandler and Jim Burnett, to get Jim onto some Pied Flycatchers that wouldn't be too common down in the Southern Counties. Arrived about 12 and left just after 4.

Some stunning views in stunning weather, it was lovely.

First good birds were a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, followed by a pair of Pied Flycatchers. We got onto the Pieds through seeing a Great Spotted Woodpecker land on a tree. The flycatchers started mobbing it, the male first then joined by the female. Amazing! The woodpecker got the message in the end!

We ended up seeing a lot of birds, at least 12-13 Spotted and the same of Pied, they outnumbered everything else! We were bowled over by the numbers of the Flycatchers, it was really something. We'll get Jim back every year if we see double figures of these birds each time.

Up on the moor edge we saw a singing Tree Pipit doing its parachute display, a pair of Redstarts and then a second male Redstart and a second Tree Pipit, showing superbly feeding on the ground. There were Wood Ants everywhere, and the birds were clearly cashing in. Also a Cuckoo was heard up there.

Finally walking down to the station, Chris heard a Wood Warbler singing, and we just had time to watch him banging away before we went for the train.

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The day spent here today, walking from the station through the woodland, up to the visitor centre, and then across the grassland behind it to the moorland edge; a lovely day, with some great species seen, the highlights of which were:

2 goldcrest
2 treecreeper
2 spotted flycatcher
2 pied flycatcher
5 grey wagtail
3 pied wagtail
c20 meadow pipit
1 tree pipit
5 redstart
1 stonechat
4 skylark
1 siskin
4 reed bunting
2 curlew
2 kestrel

Assorted coal tits, swallows, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, song thrush and all the usual woodland birds.

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A decent session at Padley Gorge today from 0800-1400. Quite a few birders present, met guys from Derby, Cambridge and Northampton up for the day to enjoy the mature Oak woodland.

In Padley Wood
Pied Flycatcher 6 - 2 pairs and 2 other singing males
Redstart 3 - A pair and a second male
Wood Warbler 1 - a singing male, stunning bird, first ever for me. Thanks to Paul and Clive who helped me get onto this bird initially. I found it again myself later but that first sighting I was a bit nervy!
Spotted Flycatcher 3 - A pair calling to each other and a single
Plenty of other classic woodland birds, 6+ of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Treecreepers, a nice pair of Coal Tits feeding a nest, a singing Goldcrest, it was superb stuff

Up on the moor edge
Cuckoo 1-2 - There were 2 birds singing at the same time and I think I saw both, but not where they could be located at the same time
Tree Pipit 1 - A nice singing bird
Stonechat 5 - A family group, a pair looking after a few fledged young
Linnet 4-5 - A few about, a couple of singers
Also a possible Whinchat amongst the Stonechats; a bird showed a very strong supercilium, but I couldn't rustle it up again. Mustn't be greedy anyway...

At one point Wood Warbler, Pied Fly and Tree Pipit were singing at the same time in my earshot, which was a bit intense when I'm not exactly an expert on these species, plus where do you look?!



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Simon Gough wrote:

I followed Tim's excellent advice and visited Padley Gorge today looking for Flycatchers. For any other public transport victims this site is a peach, within 10 minutes walk of Grindleford station you're in the heart of the woods and some great birds

I saw:
Redstart 1 pair plus 2 other males, also heard only a loud male at the station
Pied Flycatcher 2 pairs plus a 3rd male, sure there were a good number of pairs in there
Tree Pipit 2 1 displaying and singing from a tree perch up the hill on the edge of the wood, the other ground-feeding and washing in a puddle in the wood.
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 1 male and I think a female of a pair, they were in the same area
Coal Tit 2 attending young
Jay 1 pair
Blackcap female
Treecreeper 3
Nuthatch 2
Sparrowhawk over
Lots of other parents, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, Robin

No Spotted Flycatchers for me, which would have been the icing on the cake, but it was great cake already. No sign of Wood Warbler either, which was a real long shot I think

I read Ian M's pipit identification article recently, the gist of which is that even if you think its a Tree Pipit it isn't, just go home and stop dreaming, but these 2 were excellent for me as the diagnostic process was very rewarding, and it is a lifer for me today. The displaying bird had the wedge beak, fine belly streaks and perfect head plumage, plus obviously it was displaying from tree to tree and singing loudly. The second bird was showing to the extent I could see the stealthier movement and shorter back toe over the Meadow Pipit. Plus it was in a wood! Joking aside the amount of depth in the notes in the article plus my trusty Collins allowed me to be conclusive and I can store away the memories for a day when it is less clear.

The Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers were wonderful to watch, you're able to get tremendous views and really revel in the plumage and behaviour.

A great day birding all in all, and it didn't even rain

-- Edited by Simon Gough on Sunday 8th of June 2014 06:25:37 PM





Excellent stuff Simon I knew you wouldn't leave disappointed

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I followed Tim's excellent advice and visited Padley Gorge today looking for Flycatchers. For any other public transport victims this site is a peach, within 10 minutes walk of Grindleford station you're in the heart of the woods and some great birds

I saw:
Redstart 1 pair plus 2 other males, also heard only a loud male at the station
Pied Flycatcher 2 pairs plus a 3rd male, sure there were a good number of pairs in there
Tree Pipit 2 1 displaying and singing from a tree perch up the hill on the edge of the wood, the other ground-feeding and washing in a puddle in the wood.
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 1 male and I think a female of a pair, they were in the same area
Coal Tit 2 attending young
Jay 1 pair
Blackcap female
Treecreeper 3
Nuthatch 2
Sparrowhawk over
Lots of other parents, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, Robin

No Spotted Flycatchers for me, which would have been the icing on the cake, but it was great cake already. No sign of Wood Warbler either, which was a real long shot I think

I read Ian M's pipit identification article recently, the gist of which is that even if you think its a Tree Pipit it isn't, just go home and stop dreaming, but these 2 were excellent for me as the diagnostic process was very rewarding, and it is a lifer for me today. The displaying bird had the wedge beak, fine belly streaks and perfect head plumage, plus obviously it was displaying from tree to tree and singing loudly. The second bird was showing to the extent I could see the stealthier movement and shorter back toe over the Meadow Pipit. Plus it was in a wood! Joking aside the amount of depth in the notes in the article plus my trusty Collins allowed me to be conclusive and I can store away the memories for a day when it is less clear.

The Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers were wonderful to watch, you're able to get tremendous views and really revel in the plumage and behaviour.

A great day birding all in all, and it didn't even rain

-- Edited by Simon Gough on Sunday 8th of June 2014 06:25:37 PM

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Another year another great annual visit with Tony Darby

Redstart - pair together and a male singing at the top of the gorge (another pair at least present seen by others)
Pied Flycatcher - 3 pairs feeding young at least
Spotted Flycatcher - only one seen briefly
Tree Pipit - superb views of two singing on territories on the edge of the moor
Cuckoo - pair. The female flew in off the moor and bubbled in a tree nearby. Then the calling male came in to join it smile
Treecreeper 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - pair feeding young plus 2 more
Nuthatch only 1 strangely

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1230-1530
Quite busy with visitors generally; Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge

Spotted flycatcher...but no Pied flycatcher today
Wood Warbler
Redstart
Dipper
plus usual woodland birds
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The annual visit to this great site with Tony Darby today was the best yet. You hardly ever see any other birders here weirdly. Check it out

Spotted Flycatcher 3
Pied Flycatcher 6 - all but one male
Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher in view at the same time!
Tree Pipit 3 singing in trees on the lower edges of the gorge - never seen them down there before only on the top part
Redstart pair gathering insects - superbly close views of a very bright male
Nuthatch 3
Treecreepr 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3

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Went up the Gorge yesterday with the express intent of getting Wood Warbler and Spotted Fly. No luck on the former, but 3 of the latter including a juvenile. Also saw Pied Fly (a splendid male, very tame, sat on a fence post where the forest ends), several Nuthatch including young, Willow Warbler, GSW, and dozens of juvenile Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, and, what may have been a juvenile Goldcrest.

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went for a mooch down the gorge today.

how do you get a highlight out of
wood warbler
stone chat
redstart
pied flycatcher
spotted flycatcher
2 calling cuckoo

they're all highlights

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