Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to Wyver Lane, Belper – Thursday 20th April 2023, 9.30 to 13.00


It was a bright sunny morning as we arrived and parked by the mill although there was a chilly breeze.  There was not much happening at the mill – a brief sighting of a Peregrine but otherwise mostly Woodpigeons and Feral Pigeons.  There was nothing much around the weir either but House Sparrows greeted us as we set off up Wyver Lane.  Others of our regular species were added to our list as we continued up the lane and tried to identify the songs we were hearing. A stop at the hide added to our waterfowl count, including Gadwall.  Towards the top of the lane where there were breaks in the trees we saw Buzzards circling, together with two Peregrines and a Kestrel. Some mobbing of the Buzzards was followed by mobbing of a Raven by a pair of crows.  By the time we returned to the weir, both a Pied and a Grey Wagtail were flitting along the top of the weir wall but the mill’s Peregrines were nowhere to be seen; we trust the Peregrines were out on the wing, enjoying the warmth of the sun as we had.

Members participating:    13 + 2 visitors

Bird list (42 species seen and/or heard)

Little Grebe Coot Blackcap
Grey Heron Lapwing Chiffchaff
Greylag Goose Black-headed Gull Willow Warbler
Canada Goose Feral Pigeon Long-tailed Tit
Gadwall Woodpigeon Blue Tit
Teal Green Woodpecker Great Tit
Mallard House Martin Nuthatch
Tufted Duck Grey Wagtail Magpie
Sparrowhawk Pied Wagtail Jackdaw
Buzzard Wren Carrion Crow
Kestrel Dunnock Raven
Peregrine Falcon Robin House Sparrow
Pheasant Blackbird Chaffinch
Moorhen Song Thrush Reed Bunting