Friday, May 08, 2015

Hardcastle Crags

We did both sides of the valley from the crags Midgehole car park to Blake Dean and back. A perfect day with rain forecast early afternoon. The woodland was fairly quiet with the highlight being a pair of Redstart but after finding them they became elusive but the male was heard singing from a distance at times.
1 very nice Tawny Owl at roost in a tall pine but given away by a scolding Jay
1 pair of Blackcap
A few Willow Warblers
2 pairs Goldcrest
1 pair Treecreeper
Green and Gt spotted Woodpeckers heard
Plenty Nuthatch
1 Dipper
2 Grey Wagtails
Plenty Song Thrush's singing
Other usual sp....but no Swifts, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher or Tree Pipit yet, though traditional sites were checked.


Vicki Johnson said...

Hello Dave, we were at Hardcastle Craggs at the weekend. At the end of the wood we turned right towards the little village (Shackleton I think its called). As we were walking I noticed dead corvids in some of the fields, think I counted 4 in all. Last time we went there was a dead duck in one of the same fields. If the landowner is shooting birds is this allowed?

Nigel G said...

On Bank Holiday Monday May 4th saw a live crow in a cage at the edge of a field (on the left about half way as you walk from the Shackleton turnoff above NT car park Hardcastle Craggs to Walshaw )
The cage looks new and had a tray for water in it so looks designed to keep the crow alive.
It's on the far edge of the field ie furthest edge away from the road.