Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Red-throated Pipit and Glossy Ibis

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015.
A trip to Ludworth Moor near Chisworth with Paul F. An average kind of journey north with one or two 50 mph speed restrictions and some congestion nearer to our destination in the Chatsworth area. On route positive news of our target bird a summer plumaged Red-throated Pipit. As usual the trusty sat-nav did it's stuff and took us to the exact location. We joined about fifty other birders and on raising my bins the first bird I saw was the Red-throated Pipit. At first it was feeding alone but soon joined the many other Meadow Pipit in the field. Also in the field were Lapwing, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting and Wheatear (5). We spent some time admiring the Red-throated Pipit although showing really well it was just too far for any decent photos.

On our way back we checked "nearby birds" on Birdguides and the long staying Glossy Ibis at Gonalston was only 20 miles away from us. Off to Gonalston we went. We did have a slight problem finding the location of "Carr Beck Cottage". We stopped to ask someone parked at the side of a lane. it truened out he was watching the Glossy Ibis. The Glossy Ibis was feeding on a small pool fairly close to the road and the light was quite good. We stayed for a while admiring the iridescent plumage and taking a few photo's before heading home.


  1. Would have loved to have gone for the Pipit but will have to be content to enjoy other's reports - great to read yours Sh4rpy and what a beauty of a Glossy Ibis too.

  2. my first Red-throated Pipit and in summer plumage too-Glossy Ibis was a real bonus, showed well and the light was good-thanks for the "comment"