Hello again, another sunny start to the day, glorious in fact!
I'm going to start with the Garden Hide today, yesterday afternoon I was lucky enough to get a quick sighting of an orange tip butterfly just outside the hide...gorgeous!
From inside the hide there were sightings of a goldfinch, male and female bullfinches, greenfinches, blue tits, stock doves, male & female pheasant, great tits, magpies and a grey squirrel.
Russ Bridges took this photo of a blue tit with nesting material, thanks Russ, it's lovely. :)
Richard Tadman took this very peaceful photo of a stock dove...thanks Richard!
From the car park area Paul P shared this photo of a yellow hammer, always stunning to see, thanks Paul!
...and there were also a pair of bullfinches seen in the hedge here, thanks to Adrian Fish for this photo. The males are such a stunning colour and always create much interest when people see them. I found an RSPB page with '21 Facts about Bullfinches' that you may like to have a look at...interesting read!
I went over to Wombwell Ings yesterday afternoon hoping to see the spoonbill... I did!..However it was fast asleep with it's bill tucked away so I shall try again today.
Other sightings from Wombwell were, 4 avocet, 3 redshank, 2 dunlin, 4 little ringed plover, 3 ringed plover, green veined white and small tortoishell butterflies and a female mallard with a brood of 6 chicks...very cute!
Here's a photo I took of similar at Old Moor just over the bridge in the ponds area at OM.
On the path as you come from the Garden Hide I was one a few people watching a little rabbit...very sweet! (It's 'Awww factor' time at OM!)
I took this photo of it :)
On Green Lane a few people enjoyed the sight and sound of a whitethroat, on the way down to the Wader Scrape there are so many green shoots in the water....won't be long before we get the lovely bog bean flowering!
Sightings from the Wader Scrape yesterday were... a med gull, a lesser black backed gull, black headed gulls, a redshank, 2 swallows, 2 greylags with chicks, lapwing, tufted ducks, gadwall and six mute swans right in front of the hide! Fab sight to watch them preening :)
Here's one of them :)
I met Ian Fearn and his wife Janet on my way down to the Wader Scrape, he told me about how he'd seen gadwall flying and seen a pair flying. Nothing unusual about that you might think until he carried on saying that one of them seemed to be holding on by it's beak to the other...and he got this photo of it!
Ian also took this incredible photo of a spider! Thanks Ian, it's stunning... love spiders :)
Around Wath Ings there were sightings of a willow warbler and a sedge warbler. On Wath Ings itself I watched a very angry black headed gull spat between 4 gulls....there were lapwing, tufted ducks, coots and a little grebe.
John Frost shared this beautiful lapwing photo, thanks John!
Amelie aged 4 spotted a grass snake near the Garden Hide, well done Amelie!
Great crested grebes continue to be sighted around the reserve, Mel P shared this photo with us, such lovely birds, thanks Mel :)
There were redpoll seen in trees in the playground area, tree sparrows were also seen near the Tree Sparrow farm. The bees are around, look closely at them, so many different markings and colours. As I had lunch on the balcony yesterday there was a white tailed bumblebee flying around....
Finally today a couple of photos from the plant world of OM. the gorse was very fragrant yesterday...Ian Fearn took this photo.
...and I took this one of sunshine through blackthorn...
We hope to see you at some point over the rest of the Bank Holiday and that you have a great time, there's lots to see and hear!
Thanks for keeping me in touch with the daily developments at OM while I'm out and about working in South Yorkshire for RSPB. I love duckling time! Must stay late one sunny evening, soon! :)