NE Peak District, 8 - 10 May 2014

We spent this long and rather wet weekend walking up in the Hathersage area in the NE part of the Peak District. Birding wise I pretty much saw all of the expected species without doing any actual birding or taking my bins! Best of all were a pair of gorgeous Pied Flycatchers (plus another singleton) in Padley Gorge near Grindleford, good numbers of Ring Ouzels along Burbage Rocks and Stanage Edge, 2 Mountain Hares on Stanage Edge, a brief pair of Mandarin on the lake on the Longshaw Estate plus a couple bonus bumblebee ticks in the form of several Early Bumblebees (Bombus pratorum) and a single Blaeberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola) along Curbar Edge. I've summed things up in list form below:

Burbage Rocks/Higger Tor
Ring Ouzel c6
Cuckoo 2
Stonechat 2
Red Grouse c3
Grey Wagtail 1
Siskin 1

Stanage Edge
Ring Ouzel c4
Cuckoo 1
Red Grouse c4
Mountain Hare 2

Padley Gorge/Longshaw Estate
Pied Flycatcher 3
Nuthatch 1
Mistle Thrush 1
Cuckoo 1
Lesser Redpoll 1
Mandarin 2

Alport Castle & Valley
Common Buzzard 2
Raven 1
Redstart 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Dipper 1
Siskin c10
Cuckoo 1
Song Thrush 1

Curbar/ Froggatt Edges
Raven c4
Tree Pipit 1
Ring Ouzel 1
Early Bumblebee several
Blaeberry Bumblebee 1

Early Bumblebee

Padley Gorge


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