Hello friends !!
Loads to tell today as the Sacred Diary was fair stuffed with ..... Ermm ....Stuff ...
Gypsy Marsh was first ..
Reported from here were a yellowhammer, a sparrowhawk, a whitethroat, a snipe, a mistle thrush, a reed bunting, a chiffchaff and a willow warbler ..
Old Moor Next ..
The Mere had 2 Med gulls, black-headed gulls, at least 4 common gulls, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, a common sandpiper, 4 oystercatchers and cormorants ..
The Field Pool had a male pintail and a snipe ..
Wath Ings had mallards, tufted ducks, pochards, lapwings, a redshank and a little ringed plover ..
The Wader Scrape had 2 common terns, a redshank and a common sandpiper ..
The Bird Garden had goldfinches, bullfinches, chaffinches greenfinches, blue tits, great tits, tree sparrows and reed buntings
Also reported were at least 2 lesser whitethroats, reed warblers, a kingfisher, house martins and c10 swifts ..
Edderthorpe Flash next ..
Reported from here were 3 greenshanks and a bar-tailed godwit !!
Did you know that the bar-tailed godwit makes the longest migration flight of any bird !!
Some 70,000 godwits make the epic journey from their northern summer breeding grounds in Alaska down to New Zealand each September, before flying all the way back the following March. They make this flight without stopping at all !!! It's a journey of some 7,145 miles and takes around 9 days to complete ..
Just think .. flying non stop for 9 days ... Now that is some feat !!
I have nothing but the greatest respect for these guys ..
Have a great weekend chaps !!
Hi friends !
So here we are .. just a few hours away from the big occasion !!.
Yes folks .. I'm off out for a beer and a curry tomorrow night !!!
But first, here are today's sightings from Old Moor ...
Someone with 'bionic ears' reported a grasshopper warbler which was on Warbler Way but heard on Wath Ings !!
The sound does carry a long way in the right conditions though ..
The 2 Med gulls are still on the Mere along with 2 ringed plovers, 2 little ringed plovers, 5 sand martins and 3 common terns ..
A lesser whitethroat was reported from Wath Ings ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were a male pintail, 5 swifts and a snipe ..
Brimstone butterflies were also seen around the reserve ..
More tomorrow friends ..
Night all ..
Hi chaps and chapesses ..
Late tonight due to my car being serviced by my friend the 'Mechanic Guy' ...
But ... Better late than never ... apparently !!
So .. Here are today's goodies for you guys ..
There were lesser whitethroats on Green Lane and a number of swifts on the Mere ..
The Wader Scrape had a male pintail, 2 common sandpipers, 2 ringed plovers and a yellow wagtail ..
The Field Pool had 3 little ringed plovers and 3 snipe ..
A sparrowhawk was seen near to one of the pylons and both the barn owl and 2 kestrels were seen at the rear of the reedbeds ,,
Willow warblers and sedge warblers were seen on the path leading out to the Bittern Hide ..
Titchers tells me that there are brimstone and speckled wood butterflies around too !!
He also told of an entry in the 'Sacred Diary' of a kestrel hunting in the Visitor Centre !!!
You would have thought that someone would have noticed that wouldn't you ?
Night friends ...
Greetings chaps !!
Confusion ensued today when I rang for the sightings .. Firstly, Ali answered, which usually means confusion anyway but then as I was writing the sightings down I realised that I recognised them from yesterday !!
Turns out that someone had written Monday's sightings on Tuesday's page in the sacred diary ...
So .. Here are what I'm hoping are today's sightings ..... (after taking yesterday's off the list !)
The Mere still has the 2 Med gulls along with common terns .. A cuckoo was also heard from here ..
The Wader Scrape was well populated with a snipe, a common sandpiper, 3 ringed plovers, 4 little ringed plovers, 2 shelducks and 7 redshanks .. A green woodpecker was seen from the hide too .. A lesser whitethroat was heard/seen on Green Lane along with a willow warbler and a blackcap ..
Swifts were reported from the Field Pool and 10 were counted above the reedbeds ..
Also seen at the reedbeds were a marsh harrier and a barn owl ..
Edderthorpe Flash had a male garganey, greenshanks and little ringed plovers ..
A good day !!
I might take a trip to Old Moor myself on Friday ..
Well it's either that or go to a wedding but I just can't make up my mind !!
Night friends !!
Ahh .. So I appear to be back ...
I got yesterday's sightings as usual but then I couldn't access the RSPB site to be able to post them ?
Dunno what was wrong but every time I tried to log on I was told that the site was inaccessible .. Maybe it was playing hard to get ... Like me :-)
Anyway .. I rang the Centre today and braced myself for a torrent of sightings ... Bank Holiday Monday and all that ...
So .. Here is what I have ..
Old Moor ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were .. Little ringed plovers, a male goosander, pintails, a dunlin and a common sandpiper ..
A kingfisher was seen on the River Dearne ..
And that was it !!
Apparently there were loads of people on the reserve today but I'm guessing that most of them were looking for chocolate eggs !!!
Anyway .. I'm off to polish my suit just in case I get an invite for Friday ...
Night chaps !