Evening friends :-)
The time arives once more for today's news ..
This is going to take me all of 2 minutes !!
All from Old Moor today chaps ..
The bittern was, once again, busy doing the 'parent bit' over the reedbeds and the newly fledged kestrels were seen again in the same area ..
On the Mere were a little-ringed plover and an avocet ..
The Wader Scrape had a dunlin and a ringed plover while over on Wath Ings was a whitethroat which was reported near to the hide ..
A flock of linnets was seen on the Field Pool ..
And thats it !!
The Sacred A4 is bare from this point !!
Hopefully I will be able to bring a bit more tomorrow ?
Have a great evening everyone ;-)
Hello readers !!
T'is I once more ..
The Sacred A4 is sparsely decorated today but I still have some news to give you with regard to ithe Old Moor inhabitants :-)
Bullfinches were seen in the Bird Garden which is always a good thing to report .. Cracking looking birds !!
The bittern has been seen a few times today at it still does its 'thing' over the reedbeds .. Also reported here were 4 newly fledged kestrels ...
Over on the Mere were 2 redshanks, a little-ringed plover and 2 avocets ..
The Field Pool had a whitethroat near to the East Hide and lapwings with 2 chicks ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were 2 little-ringed plovers and avocets with 2 lots of chicks (2+2) .. There were also 2 common terns seen here ..
A final report was from the guys on 'Bittern Watch' who saw a kingfisher near to where they were based ..
But that's all I have for today friends although there is some good stuff as per usual ..
Have a great evening everyone :-)
Hello readers :-)
Another Monday bites the dust .. Well at least the 'work part' of it does anyway ...
Here is today's news from your favourite reserve .. :-)
Not too much in the Sacred A4 today but here is what I have for you ..
Wath Ings had a gadwall with 9 ducklings which is a nice report to begin with ..
On the Wader Scrape were 6 avocets, 2 little-ringed plovers, 2 ringed plovers and an oystercatcher with chicks ..
There were 2 little egrets seen on the Field Pool along with redshanks ..
The bittern was reported at 12:15 as it was seen flying around over the reedbeds and a reed bunting was seen by the people on 'Bittern watch' ;-)
Over on the Mere were avocets with chicks, shovelers and a great-crested grebe with chicks on her back .. Nice !!
A report from the Bird Garden told of 2 bullfinches while in the play area was a kestrel which had caught a mouse/vole and was watched eating it ...
I wonder what voles taste like ?
Have a good evening everyone !!
Evenin all ;-)
Another nice day today !!
Here is today's news... Hot from the Sacred A4 ...
Old Moor to begin ..
There was a little egret seen on the Field Pool along with 2 teals..
Over on the Wader Scrape were 4 little-ringed plovers, a dunlin, avocets, lapwings with 3 chicks and a Mediterranean gull ...
A barn owl was seen at the far side of Wath Ings as were 88 gadwalls ..
Avocets were seen with chicks on the Mere along with mallards and 13 ducklings :-) A stoat was reported running across the path outside the hide too .. A hobby was also seen here ..
The bittern was seen in flight over the reedbeds at 11:30 and kestrels were seen in this area too ..A kingfisher was seen sitting on one of the reed cages and great-crested grebes with 3 chicks were also here ..
A water vole was over by the Wildlife Ponds and a pair of bullfinches, 15 tree sparrows and a yellowhammer were seen on the feeders in the car park .. A robin was reported from the Bird Garden ..
Insecty stuff was ... Common blue butterflies, dingy skippers, blue-tailed damselflies and azure danselflies all of which were seen by the Wildlife Ponds ..
Bolton Ings next ..
Reported from here were 5 great-crested grebes, 6 little grebes with young (2+1), 55 gadwalls, a pair of shovelers with 3 young, a drake wigeon, 47 tufted ducks (31m + 16f)), 11 pochards (5m +6f +2 young), 82 coots, 4 oystercatchers, 2 common terns, 2 redshanks, and 15 lapwings with 8 young .. Also in this area were 2 grey wagtails, 4 reed warblers, a sedge warbler, 7 chiffchaffs, 6 willow warblers, 7 blackcaps and 3 whitethroats ...
Thanks Nige !!
So there you go .. All done !!
Good evening! Bert's off again, doing whatever it is Bert's do when they're not doing sightings. So it's me bringing you news from the Dearne Valley reserves today....
Our busy bittern continued to be seen flying over the reedbeds, with 6 sightings and counting, when we left for the day. Possibly the drier day gave her chance to catch up on feeds she might have missed over the last two wet days?... A grey partridge was also seen wandering around here.
The Wader Scrape was also still busy. Dunlin, ringed plover, little ringed plover, avocets with two broods of two chicks, greylag geese and goslings, lapwings and black headed gulls and chicks, were all reported from here. A young lad called Ben also added oystercatcher and little grebes to the list.
Ben also saw a sedge warbler, willow warbler and linnet, (like this one taken by Ian Butler) on Green Lane. Thanks Ben! Thanks Ian!
An avocet chick and it's parents were seen from the Family Hide, along with 12 mallard ducklings (sweeeet! Sorry.), house martins and sand martins.
Webbo posted this lovely picture of the avocet chick sheltering from the rain outside the Family Hide, yesterday. Thanks!
Elsewhere, Wath Ings had a whitethroat and sand martins, Field Pool West had a little egret and the Garden had 3 pairs of bullfinches at once and a tree sparrow with no rings on it's legs.
Wombwell Ings gave us two garganey, a kingfisher and grey partridge. Bolton Ings had a single male wigeon, presumably a non-breeding bird which doesn't quite know what to do with himself, as his wigeon-ey friends will be further north, with ducklings at this time of year.
The dry day meant that it was possible to see many of the lovely insects on the wing around the reserve. The Wildlife Ponds area had beautiful common blue and blue tailed damselflies and a cinnabar moth reported. This fab pic of a common blue butterfly, which were also reported here, was taken recently by Ian Butler. I think this is beautiful too!
That's it for today. Hope to see you soon - or even tomorrow, especially if it's the last day of your holidays!