Decided on a run out today to Langsett Reservoir in the vain hope of picking some migrants up on the way over and to see three target species Siskin, Red Grouse and Crossbill.
My travel would take me over via the Ingbirchworth Area were I searched various fields hopefully for a early Wheatear, all I caught up with were plenty of Curlew and Common Gulls with a scattering of Black headed Gulls and a single Meadow Pipit.
Up on to Brown’s Edge Road were there was a large flock of Starlings, 300+, and mixed in a good grouping of Fieldfares and a pair of Oystercatcher, further on were displaying Lapwings.
Finally then Langsett Barns car park, toilet stop first, then out on to the footpaths, the top footpath was the choice and wasn’t soon before I found a friendly Robin and his friends Chaffinch, Lapwings, Mistle Thrush and Kestrel
Out in the woods I picked up a pair of Siskin, high in the tree top and with the occasional display flight, catching the sunlight in its wings, a joy to watch. On then and down on to the moor where target bird number two was found, eventually, Red Grouse took some finding this time but it did eventually give itself up, however the Crossbill didn’t Id have to leave that for another day
Bird List :
Black headed Gull, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Curlew, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Oystercatcher, Red Grouse, Robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, Starling, Woodpigeon