Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to Carsington – May 4th 2023

On arrival we were treated to a marvellous display of hirundines – swallows, house martins and even a few sand martins – over the field in front of the car park.  Many of us were then treated to a garden warbler singing in the wood even before leaving the car park. The reservoir was full to the brim so little to be seen from the hides apart from great crested grebes and the ever reliable great northern diver.  A noisy pair of oystercatchers added to the list and a male reed bunting just as we were leaving. Songbirds were in good form so a good chance to brush up on song thrush, blackbird and the warblers.  A sedge warbler was heard (with help from ‘Merlin’) and seen near the wildlife centre, a first for some, and a bullfinch was a nice spot in the top of the waving branches.  11 members enjoyed a fine warm day.

45 species  seen/heard


Canada Goose Buzzard Coal Tit Bullfinch
Greylag goose Coot Long Tailed Tit Siskin
Mute swan Moorhen Magpie Blackbird
Mute swan Oystercatcher Jay Song Thrush
Mallard Lapwing Carrion Crow Mistle Thrush
Tufted duck Swallow Jackdaw Robin
Gadwall House Martin Wood Pigeon Dunnock
Cormorant Sand Martin Black Headed Gull Wren
Great Crested Grebe Blue Tit Chaffinch Chiff Chaff
Great Northern Diver Great Tit Goldfinch Willow Warbler
Black Headed Gull Blackcap Garden Warbler Sedge Warbler