Saturday, 11 April 2015

Willow Warbler - Stanton Moor

It certainly didn't feel very Spring like this morning with a cold westerly wind and heavy rain showers so we struggled to find anything of note on the moor. As far as I am aware the last sighting of the Great Grey Shrike was last Sunday the 5th April.
My first Sand Martin at Rowsley with several Swallows was a welcome sight and I was struggling to photograph my first Willow Warbler on Stanton Moor when Ken called around 6pm to report an Osprey flying up the valley. I didn't manage to see it unfortunately, this is the second this week with Simon having seen one over Darley Dale last Saturday and there have been three at Carsington this week. There is an urgency to return to the breeding grounds in the spring so they seldom hang around but a sighting late in the day always offers the possibility of the bird roosting locally and continuing its journey tomorrow.
Willow Warbler

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