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Bird Report

The following is an account of the birds reported in the Hope Valley recording area in recent times. There are also summaries for the current and past years.

Mute Swan
A very rare visitor. A first winter bird was spotted on the flashes at Hathersage in February 2018.

Black Swan
There is now a small feral population of this Australian Swan in the U.K. Last reported in April 2017.

Whooper Swan
Occasionally seen flying over the valley on migration. A herd of 35 headed north over Hope in March 2013.

Pink-Footed Goose
Fairly regularly seen flying over the valley on migration.

Greylag Goose
Uncommon visitor. Latest report was of a pair on the river at Froggatt during May 2017. Occasionally found with the huge Canada goose flock on Ladybower reservoir.

Canada Goose
Common resident. Breeding on the Derwent around Hathersage and Froggatt since 2009. Large numbers on the Derwent valley reservoirs during the summer months.

Barnacle Goose
Very rare visitor. One was reported with Canada Geese above Ladybower dam in March 2012 - assumed to be a feral bird.

Mandarin Duck
Common resident.

Wigeon
Scarce winter visitor. The latest report was of a pair on the flashes at Hathersage in March 2016.

Gadwall
Scarce visitor. The latest report was of a pair on flooded fields at Froggat in April 2012.

Teal
Uncommon winter visitor. The latest report was from Froggatt in February 2017.

Mallard
Very common resident.

Garganey
Very scarce summer visitor. The latest report was from Hathersage in May 2015.

Tufted Duck
Uncommon visitor. A few birds are fairly regularly found on the river above Calver wier but there are no records of successful breeding.

Goldeneye
Scarce winter visitor. The latest report was of a drake near the stepping stone at Hathersage in December 2012.

Red-Breasted Merganser
Scarce summer visitor. Once regurly reported as a breeding bird on the Derwent. There have been no reports since April 2011.

Goosander
Fairly common resident. Breeding on both the Derwent and the Noe in recent years.

Red-Legged Partridge
Scarce resident. Latest reports have been from the Edale valley. More released for shooting in 2017.

Red Grouse
Fairly common resident. Regularly reported in small numbers below the gritsone edges.

Black Grouse
Very scarce.The latest report was of a single bird on Burbage Moor in January 2012.Birds seem to appear very infrequently , presumed to be from the nearby release scheme in the upper Derwent valley.

Grey Partridge
Very scarce resident. Most reports are of small numbers in the Callow Bank/Overstones Farm area above Hathersage,

Pheasant
Very common resident.

Cormorant
Fairly common. Most often seen flying along the river to and from regular haunts around Ladybower reservoir.

Little Egret
Very scarce visitor. First reported in the valley in 2012 and last reported over Hathersage in June 2014.

Grey Heron
Common resident. Heronry on the west bank of Ladybower reservoir with declining numbers of nests.

White Stork
Vagrant. Four birds passed through in June 2012 and spent a few hours in a field at Bamford.

Little Grebe
Uncommon resident. Most often found between Froggat and Calver with breeding attempts most years.

Great Crested Grebe
Status in the valley unclear. The only reports are from the Hope Cement fishing ponds. Last reported there in December 2015.

Honey Buzzard
Rare passage migrant. Last reported over Calver in June 2018.

Red Kite
Uncommon visitor. The number of reports from the valley is gradually increasing. Reported in Derbyshire most months now.

White-Tailed Eagle
Vary rare visitor. One was reported flying between Bradwell and Bamford in July 2011.

Hen Harrier
Very scarce. Last report was of a male drifting west over Hathersage in March 2009.

Goshawk
Uncommon resident. Confusion with the more common Sparrowhawk probably means this bird is very much under-reported.

Sparrowhawk
Common resident.

Buzzard
Common resident.

Osprey
Uncommon passage migrant. Most recent report was of a bird over the valley in April 2018.

Water Rail
Very scarce. The latest report was from Calver Marshes in April 2015.

Moorhen
Very common resident.

Coot
Common resident. Breeding on a regular basis around Froggatt.

Crane
Very rare visitor. One reported over Edale in October 2009. One reported over Hathersage in September 2015.

Oystercatcher
Uncommon visitor. Last reported in April 2018 on the flashes at Hathersage and around Calver wier.

Golden Plover
Scarce summer visitor at lower levels, but breeding on the moors. Most recently reported in the valley in May 2018.

Dotterel
Rare passage migrant. Reported around Stanage Edge in May 2009. A pair were on Abney Moor in May 2010 and a single bird in the same area in May 2011.

Lapwing
Fairly common summer resident. Regularly reported above Hathersage around Scraperlow/Mitchell Field/Callow Bank.

Whimbrel
Very scarce passage migrant. Last report was of a bird over Abney in July 2010.

Curlew
Fairly common summer resident. Regularly reported arond the gritstone edges.

Common Sandpiper
Scarce summer visitor. Recorded in the valley in May 2013 and 2014 - on the river near Froggatt.

Greenshank
Very scarce visitor. One was reported on flooded fields near Froggatt Bridge for a few days in May 2012.

Woodcock
Fairly common resident. Very much under-recorded as a result of its crepuscular nature.

Snipe
Fairly common resident. Regularly reported arond the gritstone edges.

Black-Headed Gull
Uncommon visitor. Infrequently seen flying over to roosts/feeding areas outside of the valley. Last reported in December 2016.

Common Gull
Scarce visitor. Last report was of a bird around Curbar Gap in November 2011.

Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Fairly common visitor. Regularly seen flying over to roosts/feeding areas outside of the valley.

Herring Gull
Uncommon visitor. Infrequently seen flying over to roosts/feeding areas outside of the valley. Last reported in October 2014.

Feral Pigeon
Fairly common resident.

Stock Dove
Uncommon resident.

Woodpigeon
Very common resident.

Collared Dove
Very common resident.

Cuckoo
Fairly common summer resident. Regularly reported around Burbage and Longshaw.

Barn Owl
Scarce resident. Regular sightings in the valley since 2016.

Little Owl
Uncommon resident. Sightings mostly around Castleton and in the Edale valley.

Tawny Owl
Common resident. Most often heard in late winter.

Long-Eared Owl
Very scarce resident. Breeding pair reported near Hathersage in 2015.

Short-Eared Owl
Scarce. Latest report was of a bird in the Edale valley in March 2016.

Nightjar
Scarce summer resident. Reported in summer of 2016 and 2017 in the Burbage valley.

Swift
Common summer resident.

Hoopoe
Vagrant. Last reported in Curbar in May 2008.

Kingfisher
Uncommon resident. Reported more freuqnetly since 2014 after a series of milder winters.

Green Woodpecker
Fairly common resident.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Common resident.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Very scarce (possibly resident). Last reported at Grindleford in April 2017.

Kestrel
Common resident.

Merlin
Scarce. Most recent report from the slopes of Sir William Hill in June 2015.

Hobby
Scarce summer visitor. Now reported in most summers. The most recent sighting was over Hathersage in August 2017.

Peregrine
Scarce. The last report in the valley was at Hasthersage in April 2018.

Ring-Necked Parakeet
Very rare visitor. Recorded on Sickleholme Golf Course in 2007. Also recorded at Curbar in October 2009 and Edale in January and February 2013.

Golden Oriole
Very rare passage migrant. Last reported at Bee Wood, Froggatt in June 2016.

Red-Backed Shrike
Very rare summer visitor. Last reported in Padley Gorge for one day in June 2013.

Great Grey Shrike
Very scarce winter visitor. Last reported at Grindleford in November 2016.

Magpie
Very common resident.

Jay
Common resident.

Jackdaw
Very common resident.

Rook
Very common resident.

Carrion Crow
Very common resident.

Raven
Uncommon resident.

Goldcrest
Common resident.

Blue Tit
Very common resident.

Great Tit
Very common resident.

Coal Tit
Very common resident.

Willow Tit
Status in the valley unclear. Latest report was of a bird seen at Calver Marshes in October 2016.

Marsh Tit
Status in the valley unclear. Latest report was of a single bird in Coombsdale in January 2017.

Skylark
Uncommon resident. Found on the higher ground rather than on the valley bottom.

Sand Martin
Very scarce. Nearest known breeding colony in Chatsworth Park. Two birds were around Calver in April 2018.

Swallow
Very common summer resident.

House Martin
Very common summer resident.

Long-Tailed Tit
Common resident.

Wood Warbler
Scarce summer resident. Recorded most years in Padley Woods and sometimes around Bretton Clough and beneath Millstone Edge, Hathersage.

Chiff Chaff
Very common summer resident.

Willow Warbler
Very common summer resident.

Blackcap
Very common summer resident.

Garden Warbler
Fairly common summer resident.

Lesser Whitethroat
Scarce summer resident. Last recorded around Hathersage in May 2017.

Whitethroat
Fairly common summer resident.

Grasshopper Warbler
Fairly scarce summer resident. A few birds noted reeling in most years.

Sedge Warbler
Very scarce summer visitor. Last recorded around Calver in June 2018.

Waxwing
Rare winter visitor. There was a big influx into U.K. in the winter of 2012/2013. The winter of 2016/2017 was another good year with birds seen as early as November 2016 with last sighting in April 2017.

Nuthatch
Common resident.

Treecreeper
Common resident.

Wren
Very common resident.

Starling
Fairly common resident

Rose-Coloured Starling
Very rare visitor. A single bird was reported at Curbar at a feeding station in May 2009 and again in June 2014.

Dipper
Locally common resident. Breeding on the Derwent and the Noe.

Ring Ouzel
Locally common summer resident. Around the gritstone edges - particularly Stanage and Burebage,

Blackbird
Very common resident.

Fieldfare
Fairly common winter visitor.

Song Thrush
Common resident.

Redwing
Fairly common winter visitor.

Mistle Thrush
Common resident.

Spotted Flycatcher
Uncommon summer resident.

Robin
Very common resident.

Red-Breasted Flycatcher
Vagrant. Reported at Longshaw in October 2014.

Pied Flycatcher
Locally common summer resident. Stronghold in Padley woods and North Lees above Hathersage.

Black Redstart
Very scarce visitor. Last reported around Stanage Edge in June 2018.

Redstart
Fairly common summer resident. There seem to be good numbers around in recent years.

Whinchat
Uncommon summer resident. Recorded regularly Callow Bank and also above Padley Woods.

Stonechat
Fairly common resident. Numbers seem to be recovering slowlys after the severe winters of 2009 and 2010.

Wheatear
Fairly common summer resident. Mainly on the higher ground in the white peak and below the gritsone edges.

Dunnock
Very common resident.

House Sparrow
Common resident. Numbers appear to be increasing in recent years.

Tree Sparrow
Very scarce visitor. First record in 2007 after many years - 1 in Hathersage and another in Hope. Recorded in Froggatt in March 2008. Latest records are of single birds in Hathersage and Edale in March 2011.

Yellow Wagtail
Very scarce visitor. Last reported above Bretton Clough in May 2012.

Grey Wagtail
Fairly common resident. Breeding on the Derwent and the Noe.

Pied Wagtail
Fairly common resident.

Tree Pipit
Failry common summer resident.

Meadow Pipit
Common resident in suitable habitat.

Brambling
Uncommon winter visitor.

Chaffinch
Very common resident.

Hawfinch
Very rare visitor. Last reported when a single bird was visiting bird feeders in Hathersage in May and June 2016.

Bullfinch
Fairly common resident.

Greenfinch
Fairly common resident. Noticeably fewer in the last few years as a result of trichomoniasis outbreaks, however numbers now seem to be recovering, albeit very slowly.

Linnet
Uncommon resident. Mainly found on the higher ground under the gritstone edges and above the quarries in the south.

Twite
Status in the valley unclear, believed to be a rare visitor. Last report was of a single bird at Castleton in December 2014.

Lesser Redpoll
Uncommon resident. Recorded more frequently in recent years especially at Longshaw.

Mealy Redpoll
Rare visitor. Recorded in Froggatt in January 2009, at Longshaw several times 2010, and on Back Tor Edale in March 2011.

Crossbill
Scarce visitor. Last report was of a small group flying over Padley Gorge in January 2014.

Goldfinch
Very common resident.

Siskin
Fairly common resident. Mainly seen in winter although it is likely small numbers may now breed in the valley around the Ladybower area.

Snow Bunting
Very rare winter visitor. One reported at Stanage Edge in November 2012.

Yellowhammer
Scarce resident. The only regular reports are from the Bretton Clough area.

Reed Bunting
Uncommon resident. Mostly recorded below the gritstone edges. Up to 6 birds reported almost daily in the spring in a Hathersage garden since 2009.