Burbage – 18 May 2022
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!
Leaders: Anne & John Robinson
17 people attended
22 bird species recorded
Star bird: ring ouzel
Full list of species seen and/or heard:
Cuckoo (heard only)