Sunday, 31 May 2009


We have a very small population of "garden" birds up here, which I think must be because of the large surrounding area of treeless grazing land - this brings us larks and curlews as compensation of course. Regulars at the birdtable in this fine weather are reduced to the stalwart bluetit pair - where are the chaffinches? I think I heard one lower down the hill this morning, so am hoping it's not a sign of finch disease... For real birdsong we have to go a quarter of a mile to Dark Lane which runs from Cressbrook Church down to Litton Mill, where the woods are full of blackcaps, willow warblers, wrens, blackbirds, and many others I can't identify.

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