Upland birds

It may seem strange to talk about birds of moorland, heathland and even mountain in the flattest part of the UK, but I record a surprising number. Some spend the winter in or near the fields I study including meadow pipit, stonechat and even merlin:

Others stop by on their migration. A ring ouzel stayed for three days one spring, while whinchat and wheatear are regular visitors. All spend their summer in the pennine hills before heading south for the winter.