Good day friends ;-)
Hopefully you are all well today ?
Sightings are of average proportions in the Sacred A4 so I will therefore try to deliver them in an average manner ...
I may struggle to raise my standards so high though ...
So .. Old Moor to begin ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were 3 dunlins, 5 ringed plovers, a common sandpiper, a green sandpiper, oystercatchers, lapwings, a little egret, 8 teals and a sparrowhawk ..
A kingfisher was seen on the Field Pool and there was a great spotted woodpecker, male and female bullfinches and willow tits seen in the Bird Garden ..
Over on Broomhill Flash were a common sandpiper, red-legged partridges, a lesser black-backed gull and 2 common terns ...
A final report came from Wombwell Ings where the 2 wood sandpipers are still present along with a black-tailed godwit and a grey heron ..
And that's it for today ...
More tomorrow !!
Have a great evening everyone :-)
Hello readers ;-)
Monday again ... Although at least the work bit is over ... Liberated from my cell, I can now bring you today's news ..
Old Moor to begin ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were 2 black-tailed godwits, 5 little ringed plovers, a redshank, 4 dunlins, oystercatchers, a snipe, a green sandpiper, 2 little egrets, 6 common terns, an Arctic tern, lesser black-backed gulls, a kestrel and lastly a hobby which was seen chasing a swift .. No idea as to the result of that particular battle though ...
There was a juvenile great spotted woodpecker seen in the Bird garden along with a male blackbird which was feeding young ...
Over on Wombwell Ings were 2 wood sandpipers, 3 green sandpipers, 4 black-tailed godwits, 2 common sandpipers, 2 dunlins and 2 redshanks .. lots of 2's there !!
A final report came from Broomhill Flash where there were 3 green sandpipers ..
And that's your lot for today friends !!
Have a nice evening everyone :-)
Greetings friends :-)
A decent amount to report for you guys today ...
Let the reporting begin !! :-)
The Wader Scrape had 6 snipe, a redshank, 2 common sandpipers, 4 green sandpipers, 2 black-tailed godwits, 2 little egrets, 9 common terns and a hobby which caught a swift !!
There was a willow tit and a great spotted woodpecker seen in the Bird Garden and a juvenile green woodpecker was also reported but under the 'no fixed abode' category ;-)
A final report from Old Moor was of a kestrel which was seen on Wath Ings ..
So now over to Broomhill Flash ...
Seen here were 10 green sandpipers, a common sandpiper, a black-tailed godwit, 7 snipe and 3 common terns ...
Over on Wombwell Ings were 2 wood sandpipers, 3 black-tailed godwits, 3 redshanks and 3 dunlins ... Please be aware that these birds are on the first flash as you approach along the path so please be sure to stay behind the floodbank to avoid flushing them .. Ta very muchly :-)
Here's Nige's report from Bolton Ings ..
Seen here were 6 grey herons, 67 Canada geese, 5 great-crested grebes with 3 young, 20+ little grebes, 34 tufted ducks, 11 pochards, 144 coots, 9 mistle thrushes, 2 green woodpeckers, a great spotted woodpecker, 13 chiffchaffs, 2 kestrels, 18 lapwings, 2 lesser black-backed gulls and 39 black-headed gulls ...
Cheers Nige !!!
There endeth today's news friends ..
Back to the Olympics now ..
Have a great evening everyone ;-)
Good evening! As Bert Demoiselle is off on his regular Saturday night of curry and lager excess (he might have chucked in a bit of birding too), it's down to me to bring the sightings, with your photos, as ever, for added value!
I start with a picture taken this week and whilst there hasn't been one reported today, I'm including it because it's beautiful and in honour of the recent apendage to the name of our erstwhile blogger......
I bring you Bert Demoiselle! Oh, sorry, a banded demoiselle! Another fab pic, by Ian Butler. (No, I don't know why Bert has decided to become Demoiselle either!! Sometimes it's best not to ask.....)
Another beautiful picture, taken this week of something which wasn't reported today, but which I'm still going to show you, was this dramatic bird.....
The black necked grebe has been around every day since last Sunday and when I finally get a chance to show you this great pic of it, by Russ Pinder, the pesky bird disappears! Mind you, we thought it had disappeared on Wednesday, but then it was spotted right at the end of the day. So I suppose it could just have been hiding today?.....
Some of the great things which actually have been reported today include a lot of activity around the Wader Scrape. Some of the things on here can be viewed best from the left hand side of Wath Ings hide, as it gives a different angle and catches the back of some of the islands. We've had 5 green sanpipers, 2 dunlins, a juvenile little ringed plover, 1 little egret, 7 black tailed godwits, 3 common terns 3 oystercatchers and a redshank.
Juvenile robin by Lynz Harston.
A couple of juvenile birds have been seen along with the regular birds in our Garden. Aswell as the lovely bullfinches, greenfinches, blue and great tits, there have been a juvenile great spotted woodpecker and a juvenile robin. Good to see the evidence of some successes this breeding season.
Up at Wath Ings, a kestrel and 2 lesser whitethroats were reported. The little 'grebelets' are coming on nicely too.....
The stripy 'humbug grebelets' are growing quickly, still demanding food from Mum and Dad, even though they dive themselves now. Pic by Lynz Harston.
The warm weather has continued to bring plenty of reports of butterflies, damsels and dragonflies. These are mostly from the Wildlife Ponds area, but they can be seen anywhere about the reserve.
I absolutely love six spot burnet moths. They absolutely love the knapweed! They let you get up close and personal while they feast on the nectar and as this wonderful shot by Lynz Harston shows, they do a good job as pollinators too, getting themselves covered in grains of the stuff as they whizz from flower to flower.
We had a good list of butterfly species seen. There were comma's, small skippers, large skippers, red admiral, small white's, green veined white, small tortoiseshells, gatekeepers and ringlets.
Common blue damselfly by Lynz Harston.
Aswell as these, there were blue tailed and emerald damsels seen. The dragonflies included 4 spot chasers, common and ruddy darters.
A 4 spotted chaser sits and sparkles in the sun on a stem of purple loosestrife. By Ian Butler.
For those of you who don't follow our Old Moor Facebook page, where we post lots of great photos sent to us and where visitors also post pics themselves, I thought I'd also put in this extraordinary shot captured by Ian Butler, of a common darter dragonfly. What an incredible view! Isn't digital photography (in the hands of somebody who knows what they're doing with it!) wonderful?! More to the point, I guess, isn't nature wonderful?!
Hi readers ;-)
I appear to be back ...
Not too bad a list for today from Old Moor .. The sun has been out and the birds were doubtless enjoying it :-)
I too was enjoying it through the window of my cell .. Err I mean office ...
So .. Here is today's report ..
The Wader Scrape had 2 garganeys, 2 little egrets and an Arctic tern ..
On the Mere were the black-necked grebe which is still loitering .. a redshank, a black-tailed godwit, a common sandpiper, a snipe, 16 oystercatchers, 19 teals, 12 shovelers, 130+ gadwalls, 8 pochards and c120 tufted ducks ... Plenty to see there then !!
A lesser whitethroat was seen on Green Lane along with linnets and a blackbird ..
Lastly there was a ringed plover seen on Wath Ings ..
Insect stuff as follows .. All from the Reedbed Trail today .. Reported were small skipper, meadow brown, gatekeeper, 6 spot burnet, ringlet and comma along with 3 brown hawkers, common darters, ruddy darters and common blue damselflies,
A report from Broomhill Flash was of 3 common terns ..
So there you have it ...
Another day off for me tomorrow and I can feel a Spurn approaching to look for shearwaters and the like :-)
Possibility of showers and a lack of sightings :-)
Enjoy your evening !!