Tuesday 27 April 2021

27/4/21 Wharncliffe Chase + woodland/farmland fringe

Spent a good few hours on the Chase earlier in dry but dullish conditions. 

Red Kite - seen at 11.20 circling over the northern end before drifting towards Howbrook. Notable missing primary feather (P5?) on left wing might help ID this individual elsewhere in the region if seen.

Cuckoo - 2 calling at southern end, one singing more from Wharncliffe Woods.

Wheatear - 23 in total with a pair seen inspecting potential nest site, although I’ve seen this before without breeding happening.

Tree Pipit - 6 singing along western track, some within quite close proximity as they establish territory 

Fieldfare - c80 silently flew into Roundabout plantation after hearing a single call earlier 

Also a Snipe chipping, male Stonechat carrying food, 24 Linnets, 20+ Skylarks, Redstart, Green Woodpecker, 1+ Curlew, Raven, 5 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 50 singing Willow Warblers (how many across the whole wooded region? 150+?), 7 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff and 4 Swallows back on territory near farm buildings.

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