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Trip Reports - 2024

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Clumber Park

6th January

Eight members met up at the main car park at 9:30, rather surprised to find that it was almost full of cars. I guess the number of folk there should not have surprised us as it was the first dry and sunny day for what seems like a month of wind and rain. The ground off the main paths was saturated so we stayed on the track around the lake after a short detour past the bird feeder hide. There were very few of the smaller bird species present with only Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch and a single female Great Spotted Woodpecker recorded there. We had lunch near the reed bed where some of us heard a Cetti's Warbler singing for a very short time. The only ducks present were Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler and Goosander. There were good numbers of gulls on the lake with Black-headed far outnumbering the others which comprised 20 or more of both Common and Lesser Black-backed and a much small number of Herring Gulls. From the ornamental bridge we were please to spot a Great Egret but the bird count by the end of our walk was only 36, the least we have ever recorded at this site.

Beeley Moor & Chatsworth

10th February

It looked rather grim as we set off from the valley in rather thick mist but as we climbed out of Rowsley towards Beeley Moor (the road up from Beeley village remains closed), we emerged into bright sunshine and a clear sky and were above what seemed to be an inversion. Eight of us convened at the corner above Beeley village and set off over the moor towards the woodland above Chatsworth House. Sadly, as we descended to the only slightly lower elevation there, we dropped back down into the mist once again. On the way down we had views of Skylark but there was little else of interest, Once into the woodland bird numbers picked up a little and there were lots of Nuthatches to be heard and seen. On the ponds visibility was very poor but several Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot and Goosander could be just about seen through the murk, together with what appeared to be a single drake Mandarin duck. The group split up somewhat as we left the woodland so only one of us managed to see the male Hen Harrier which was apparently near where we'd recorded one on last year's visit and was the only raptor detected. As we neared the cars, 3 Reed Buntings made fleeting appearance and we heard a Raven calling. The final total for the morning was 25 species.

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