This morning a message on the pager about a summer plumaged Red-throated Pipit in Greater Manchester raised an eye brow as being a stunning bird in an odd place… however the next message saying the bird was in Derbyshire got a much more active response! I missed the last bird at Poolsbrook CP many years ago and to be honest I never thought I’d get the chance at another.
Now I am never a fan of travel to the far north west reaches of the county, its beautiful and wild but we always get lost and today was no exception! However after some wandering we eventually arrived at the appointed spot, somewhere I had never even heard of let alone realised was in the county, Ludworth Moor which is SW of Glossop and actually the track we were standing on was the county boundary with Greater Manchester and with the bird in a field in Derbyshire! Any way the bird was a stunner feeding in a wet field with an assortment of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Pied Wags and a male Reed Bunting. A single Wheatear dropped in too and to me looked suspiciously like a female of the “Greenland” type, being large with very bright colours etc.
The bird was a stunner, having the beautiful salmony orange throat and upper breast, the heavy streaking and striking white braces on the mantle.
Whilst we were watching the pipit we could hear the plaintive and lonely sounding calls of Golden Plover. A walk up the track to the stones called Robin Hoods Picking Rods… (heaven knows what they are!), saw us see 50 Golden Plovers some in their finest plumage. Stunning is the word for them!
Robin Hoods Picking Rods.
Also here where good numbers of Lapwing and a single Brown Hare. We spent some time looking at the view to the west, you could see both Manchester football grounds, watch planes landing at Manchester International Airport, and right over in the distant horizon, the twin Cathedrals in Liverpool and the John Lennon airport control tower. Further over to the SW the hazy outlines of the Welsh Mountains could be seen!