Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blake Dean and Walshaw Dean

I went up there this morning looking for Brambling as Blake Dean is often a good spot for them in the beech woodland in winter. I had a good search round but I didn't even turn up a Chaffinch and just found 2 Goldcrests and a single Lapwing over high >W.

I decided to walk up towards Walshaw Dean and met up by chance with Nick and Dave and we headed up to top Walshaw passing the three reservoirs - 2 Mallard !

A few Kestrels about and c12 Goldfinch and a Grey Wagtail near the top but not a lot else other than Red Grouse on the moor and a Reed Bunting.

 Red Grouse
 Lower Walshaw Dean
Walshaw Dean - top reservoir
We returned to check Lower Gorple - 1 Reed Bunting, c12 Meadow Pipits and 2 Mallard.
A great afternoon to be out walking with friends.

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