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Bradford Dale 22nd January 2023

Location: Bradford Dale, Derbyshire.

Attendees – Richard, Carina, Liz, Dennis & Lorraine.


Date of tours: 22nd January 2023

Number of species seen & heard – 35 birds (now at 72 for the site)




A crisp cold walk along frozen paths was a real treat and a wonderful winter stroll.


We started off well with seeing our first Dipper within seconds of our arrival, it was a quick flash and better was to come.




We followed the usual circuit taking in the Rheinstor plantation, Hollow farm and it’s pond where we had Mute Swan, Fieldfare, Greylag Goose, House Sparrow and Grey Heron. As we approached Youlgreave a soaring Buzzard was observed welcoming us to Bradford Dale proper.





We then had a couple of hours taking in this beautiful valley, watching the wildlife and chatting as everyone got to know each other a little better. The Dipper, as ever, stole the show with many sightings of at least 3 different birds. It was made all the better because the 2 male birds were singing. Now I don’t know if you have ever heard the song of a Dipper, but it is the most wonderful sound cutting through the noise of the water. I have heard it many times but never like this, never as clear and so close.


Goldcrest were everywhere, and so close. Even out in the open feeding on the waters edge.



Photo by Lorraine Holland




Other notable birds were good views of Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail.






Full list of birds noted.


Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Teal

Mallard

Pheasant

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Woodpigeon

Collared Dove

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Wren

Starling

Dipper

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Grey Wagtail

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Bullfinch



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