With the weather set to be good Mandy and myself decided on a 3 day break in Derbyshire.
On arriving Monday evening the sun was blasting down and I even decided to have a sleep and soak up the sun rather than going out and about thinking the weather was set to continue to be good,how wrong can 1 be Tuesday started off Dull and miserable but we went for a walk anyway and finding a few Common Redstarts with young we attempted some shots but with poor light and shutter speed down to 1/50 second luck wasn't on our side.
After a hour or so we headed back for Breakfast which was just brilliant and set us up for the day,we knew Padley Gorge wasn't far away we asked the owner which was the best way to get there and gladly taking his advice it was a great walk to Padley Gorge taking around 30 minutes alot better than we had planned by taking the train back to Grindleford Station.
Within minutes of getting into the woods the heavens open up and continued to rain throughout most of the day with only a few spells of sun.
With time getting on we walked back to The Millstone Inn which was our home for the next 2 days for a fantastic meal and a few drinks must say the food was just brilliant.
5am and Mandy's alarm going off we woke ourselves up and took a look out and again the same as yesterday dull,wet and windy,we decided on going up to Stanage Edge to look for Ring Ouzels but this was soon thrown out the window and spent most of the day with the Local Redstarts and dashing for cover during the heavy showers where we amused ourselves by playing I Spy :).
With the weather not getting any better we decided enough was enough and gave up.So much for the nice weather that was forecast.
Birds seen over the 2 days include
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling)
Tawny Owl (Heard)