The only Virgin in Derbyshire?!!!
I have been meaning to get up into Derbyshire for some time so it was good to meet up with Dave N & Clive A who were to be my guides for the day (thanks guys). A glorious day with some good birds ticked, but limited opportunities to point the camera (but I am not a photographer - but a birder who carries a camera!). The day was a mixture of moorland and wooded valleys, making a pleasant change from the Warwickshire patches. The day started with Dipper and Grey Wagtail at Cromford followed by Red Grouse up on the moors, both on my red list of not being seen for three years or longer. A long hunt for Ring Ouzel proved fruitless even though we knew several pairs had been reported around our search area. Padley Gorge produced numerous Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatchers and Tree Pipits with the added bonus of an obliging, singing Wood Warbler. Only one Dipper in flight was seen here but others reported seeing young being fed. The images below are my best for the day.
Sorry if anyone feels offended by the title of my first image - I would have been more accurate if I had been in Essex!!! Whoops..................................I'll get my coat!
Canada Goose; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Buzzard; Kestrel; Pheasant; Red Grouse; Moorhen; Lapwing; Curlew; Snipe; BH Gull; LBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Cuckoo; Swift; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Skylark; Swallow; House Martin; Tree Pipit; Meadow Pipit; Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Dipper; Dunnock; Wren; Robin; Stonechat; Redstart; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Wood Warbler; Chiffchaff; Willow Warbler; Blackcap; Spotted Flycatner; Pied Flyctcher; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Treecreeper; Nuthatch; Starling; Magpie; Jackdaw; Raven; Carrion Crow; Rook; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Linnet; reed Bunting.