Burbage – 18 May 2022

Upper Burbage Valley Photo: Neil Fawson
Upper Burbage Valley Photo: Neil Fawson

We had perfect weather for our walk across the wild, boulder strewn moorland of the Upper Burbage Valley, dominated by the imposing grandeur of Higger Tor.

Even before we left the car park we’d had great views of both red grouse and curlew. Then we were kept on our toes by small birds flitting from rock to rock. They were mostly meadow pipits but we also saw stonechats and reed buntings.

After crossing the ancient packhorse bridge, where wrens and willow warblers were in full song, we started the gentle climb up Duke’s Drive. It was then that we heard a plaintive song and, after a while, our patience was rewarded when a lovely male ring ouzel flew low across its moorland habitat. What a great sight and what a grand walk!

Male ring ouzel Photo: Bob Russon

Leaders: Anne & John Robinson
17 people attended
22 bird species recorded

Star bird: ring ouzel

Full list of species seen and/or heard:
Chaffinch
Crow
Cuckoo (heard only)
Curlew
Goldfinch
Grey wagtail
Kestrel
Meadow pipit
Pheasant
Pied wagtail
Raven
Red grouse
Reed bunting
Ring ouzel
Skylark
Stonechat
Stock dove
Swallow
Swift
Willow warbler
Wood pigeon
Wren