Another day off, but instead of twitching today my family came down so we went off for a walk into the peaks. I was not predicting any year-ticks, so when I spotted a Mandarin drake flying over a lake near the roadside I was very happy indeed.
We went for a walk on the river at Chatsworth where we had the usual assembly of common riverside species such as a flyby Dipper, a couple of Stock Doves, Treecreeper, Long-Tailed Tit and a few Goosanders which were around. There was also a Common Buzzard soaring over the hills on the far side of the valley.
After our walk we headed into Bakewell but by the time we arrived at the river it was already quite late and there were not as many ducks around as there usually is. Having said that, there was a Little Grebe which is a species I don't think I have seen here before, but it kept to the far bank skulking in the vegetation. There was only a single pair of Tufted Ducks, but there was a Grey Wagtail on the bank with us.
Chatsworth Park: Mandarin, Common Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Dipper, Coot, Moorhen, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Goosander, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Black-Headed Gull, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Magpie, Pheasant,
Bakewell: Tufted Duck, Mallard, Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Moorhen, Coot, House Sparrow, Mute Swan, Canada Goose,