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  • Halloween Sightings

    Hello, here are the Halloween sightings....hopefully I can use this as a title, we shall soon see!

    It's been another sunny warm day today with many dragonflies, both hawkers and darters, and some even mating! 

    Bird garden - blue tits, great tits, willow tit, greenfinches, goldfinches, bullfinches, chaffinches, wood pigeon, a grey squirrel and a collared dove.

    Dennis Hayhurst took a couple of photos this week from the bird garden. Firstly a gorgeous greenfinch with vibrant colours against the dark background, thanks Dennis!

    The 2nd, a lovely little blue tit, thanks again Dennis :) 

    Wath Ings - 4 ruff, 3 dunlin, 2 spotted redshank, 390 lapwing and approx 500 golden plover. Also seen were 2 snipe about 147 shovelor, a wren and teal.

    Outside Wath Ings - a goldcrest, a wren and a robin.

    Main Mere/Wader Scrape - 2 goosander, common gulls, FJ the little egret, cormorants, lapwing, a juv peregrine and a mute swan.

    Bittern Hide - 2 stonechats, pied wagtail, 2 grey wagtail, 2 redpoll, 2 sparrowhawk, a peregrine on the pylon, kingfisher and a buzzard.

    Reedbed screen - a weasel and a kestrel.

    A weasel was also see by Jo near her gazebo.

    Of no fixed abode as they say... 

    Approx 350 fieldfare and 7000 starlings ( these will be from the roost I think), 2 green woodpecker, 1 great spotted woodpecker, numerous redwing, 2 kingfisher and a kestrel.

    Other photos...

    From Kevin Wakelam, one of the pair of stonechats (male) around OM at the moment. Thanks Kevin!

    From Bill W, a grey heron + reflection, thanks Bill.

    From Keith Pickering, greenshank, thank you Keith :) 

    From me, from last year, a redpoll from the car park feeders... nice to see a sighting in the book of them today.

    That's it, enjoy your Halloween evening... and are you enjoying Autumnwatch from Leighton Moss? I am! :) 

  • Wednesday... and the Sightings

    Hello, I checked the book today to see if there was anything from yesterday after I left and there was..... so I shall start with those today.

    Yesterday later on from the book - 4 snipe, a great spotted woodpecker, a stonechat, a kingfisher on Wath Ings and from the Bittern hide, 

    Today from the book, Barnsley Birders and me.

    Bird garden - chaffinches, magpie, a robin, a wood pigeon, a pheasant, a collared dove, bullfinches, greenfinches, a wren, a moorhen, mallards and a stock dove.

    Mere/Wader Scrape - 3 little egrets and 21 common gulls.

    Wath Ings - 2 spotted redshank, 3 ruff, approx 475 golden plover, a redshank and a green sandpiper.

    2 goldcrest were seen on Green Lane.

    A kingfisher was seen from the bittern hide today and I watched a male kingfisher zooming up and down the channel in front of the reedbed screen today. It finally landed on one of the posts long enough for me to take a photo! There was also a wren flitting around by the reeedbed screen too.

    From the Barnsley Birders via Twitter - early morning today at Old Moor there were 7 whooper swans  along with a brambling, 1300 starlings and an astonishing 2400 wood pigeons going south. There were 2 ruff on Broomhill and on Wombwell 2 whoopers were seen going west, 136 wigeon and a kingfisher.

    That's it for today so here are a couple of photos.

    From Ian Butler, a teal on Wath Ings, thank you Ian.

    From Dale, another photo of the wren that's around Wath Ings, thank you Dale.

    That's it, enjoy your tea :)

  • Early....

    Hello, after the belated sightings the other day it's time for the 'early' sightings. I left Old Moor at about 2.30pm so if you added to the book after that then apologies but it won't be in this blog. It has been another warm and sunny day although it clouded over a bit this aft. It's also been a very busy day with a very full car park so we hope you all had a lovely day whether you were bird watching, pond dipping, bird spotting with the spotter sheets, having lunch outside or anything else!

    Wath Ings - lapwing, golden plover, 1 ruff, 2 spotted redshanks, shovelor, wigeon, a wren,  34 moorhens, a little grebe, teal and a sparrowhawk.

    Green Lane - redwing, long tailed tits, goldcrest, linnets, bullfinch, a wren, blackbirds, dunnocks and a sparrowhawk.

    Wader Scrape - a little egret.

    Main mere - many cormorants, lesser blacked back gull, common gull, shovelor, teal, wigeon and gadwall.

    12 red legged partridges were seen 'in the field at the side.' Maybe behind the bittern bus stop? 5 grey partridge were seen in Broomhill Park.

    Edderthorpe - 2 little egrets, 3 pintail, a buzzard and about 250 golden plover.

    Bird garden - I spent an hour or so in here today for the first time in quite a while and thoroughly enjoyed watching the many birds feeding. I saw, a willow tit, goldfinches, lots of greenfinches, m/f bullfinches, m/f and juv chaffinches, magpies, a robin, dunnock, blue tits, great tits, tree sparrows and a moorhen!

    Bittern hide - 2 weasels were seen here and a buzzard was seen over the pylon to the left had side of this hide.

    The photos for today are from me and were all taken from the garden hide today.

    First, a colourful goldfinch.

    Next a lovely willow tit., one of my favs to see in the garden hide :) 

    And a 3rd photo, this time of a male bullfinch which is another favourite for many visitors!

    Next a greenfinch and it was great to see so many of them vying for the feeders and waiting in the branches today!

    A 5th photo... this time of a dunnock scrabbling away in the branches on the ground to the right of the hide.

    Next a lovely male chaffinch. 

    Finally a robin which are always a joy to see :) 

    I've just looked at the time and realised that it's not that early...I started to write at 4pm when it was!

    Have a good tea and Autumnwatch starts this eve, will you be watching? I will :) 

    P.S. - I forgot that there were still quite a few dragonflies around today and also a couple of butterflies - a red admiral near where Jo's stall is being one and the other was 'unknown'... in other words I couldn't tell what it was as it sped past!