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Big Moor 22nd & 30th of Oct 2022

Location: Big Moor, Derbyshire.


Attendees – Katie, Clare, Sally, Rupert, Jayne, Jill, Noel, James, Steve, Diane, Sarah and Cass.


Date of tours: 22nd and 30th October 2022

Number of species seen and heard – 31 birds & 1 Mammal


All pictures are taken on phones and through a scope.




Towards the end of October, we did 2 tours to witness the Red Deer rut on Big Moor. Both outings produced some magnificent bellowing stags with some posturing and chases, but we dipped out on full blown fights. This didn’t bother the attendees as we still all had a memorable experience.






We also saw some great birds with flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare into the thousands on the 22nd and a surprise Ring Ouzel still feeding on the Mountain Ash berries. For 2 attendees this was a lifer.




The weather was kind to us as both tours managed to avoid the heavy rains that been around at the time. The Autumn colours added to the vistas which meant great views too.





On arrival on the 22nd we also heard a Tawny Owl calling from the Shilitto Wood area, this was a lovely start to the morning along with a great sunrise.


Here is a list of the birds seen and heard over the 2 visits.


Pink-footed Goose

Mallard

Buzzard

Kestrel

Lapwing

Woodpigeon

Tawny Owl

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Raven

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Nuthatch

Wren

Starling

Ring Ouzel

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Redwing

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Stonechat

Meadow Pipit

Chaffinch

Brambling

Goldfinch




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