Welcome to the Buteo Wildlife blog, a record of some of the wildlife that we have been seeing and occasional identification articles that will hopefully be useful for those trying to learn about wildlife.

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21 May 2012

The Peak District, 24 April 2012

On a visit to our daughter at university in Buxton, my wife Jan and I had a walk in the Goyt Valley. What a stunning area the Peak District is. We didn't have all that long so only did a bit of it but we found 2 cracking male Pied Flycatchers and had 4 or 5 Red Grouse and a Short-eared Owl. There were several Curlews flying around giving their beautiful bubbling call and we saw a couple of Wheatears and a Stonechat.
A male Red Grouse (photographed in Scotland a couple of years ago).

A local birder that we met said that the Redstarts and Wood Warblers weren't in yet but that Ring Ouzels were holding territory. We failed to find a Dipper, unfortunately, but I have a feeling we'll be going back there.

Maybe we'll organize a tour to take in the various excellent birding sites in the country's first national park next year.

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