I went to look for the wood sandpiper today on Wombwell Ings but it had heard that I was on my way ....
I did manage 2 greenshanks, 2 little-ringed plovers, a common sandpiper a black-tailed godwit and at least 4 redshanks though to make up for it .
There were 2 little gulls and a cuckoo reported from Bolton Ings.
On Old Moor the Wader Scrape was quite busy, present here were a common tern, ringed plovers, an oystercatcher, a dunlin, plenty of redshanks and the usual good selection of wildfowl which can always be found.
A shower of rain brought the hirundines down to 'eye level' and it was really nice to watch the swifts executing high speed manouvres over the water.
The Med/blackheaded gull hybrid is still hanging around and was last reported as being seen on Wath Ings.
As for Harry ...
Apparently seen this morning but nothing actually confirmed though ..
For the plant lovers among you ..
Old Moor now has red clover showing along with birdsfoot trefoil (which is important for the dingy skippers to lay their eggs on) .. also there are oxeye daisies which are loved by the bumblebees.
Reports came in from Wombwell Ings today...
The wood sandpiper is still on the reserve along with black-tailed godwits and greenshanks. No reports of the ringed and little-ringed plovers but there is every chance they will still be around to see.
The little gull was still hanging around and was flitting between Bolton Ings and Wath Ings on Old Moor.
A walk around Warbler Way, Wath Ings and Green Lane (the main path through Old Moor Reserve) produced willow warblers, chiffchaffs, lesser-whitethroats, common whitethroats, sedge warblers and reed warblers .. You can possibly also find blackcaps and the odd grasshopper warbler too..
A proper warblerfest !!
A yellow wagtail was reported from the Field Pool East on Old Moor .
I asked about 'Mr Harrier' but was told that he was presumed absent today as no-one had reported any sightings of him .....
Maybe he has gone to his 'girlfriends' for tea .....
Reports were sadly lacking today from Old Moor although the male marsh harrier is still giving great views as he 'does his bit' over the reedbeds at the far side of the reserve ..
Willow warblers, whitethroats, lesser whitethroats, grasshopper warblers and chiffchaffs can all be heard at various points along Green Lane. Keep an 'ear out' as you walk the reserve to try and locate both reed and sedge buntings.
Wombwell Ings had better reports and present here were a wood sandpiper, 2 greenshanks, a black-tailed godwit, 4 little-ringed plovers, ringed plovers and white wagtails.
A little gull was reported from Bolton Ings.