Monthly Archives: October 2009

Old Moor RSPB

Once again out to Old Moor but this time it was quieter at Wath Ings hide as we settled in to the view the birds these included Green Sandpiper (5), Ruff (2), Redshank (2) hundreds of Golden Plover and Lapwing. The wildfowl numbers are also building up nicely with Teal and Wigeon being the numerous with Gadwall and Mallard in supporting roles, other birds about Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Common Gull and Black Headed Gull. With reports of Kingfisher at the Family Hide giving good views we decided on a move there we had to wait for 15 minutes but the bird preformed well giving excellent views as it settled on to the branch provided near the hide, no photos I was quick enough. Other birds we saw here Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Shoveler, Linnet and Goldfinch

My Patch

Broadstones and Ingbirchworth Reservoirs

Noon start at Ingbirchworth saw a few Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails  going thru along with 6-off Redwings. Looking around a huge flock of Starlings lifted into the sky revealing a Sparrowhawk giving chase, and with Little Grebe (3), Great Crested Grebe (1) on the water with the usual host of Mallard and Canada Geese. and a handful of Black Headed Gulls. I decided to move into the small wooded area to find Blackbirds, Robin, Chaffinch, Wren and the Redwings, the fly overs I think.

A move then after an hour from here to Ingbirchworth Res to try and find the bird that has been eluding me all year. It took a while and not before seeing a fine male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and a 1-off male Brambling and then the bird I’d hoped for Willow Tit right in front of me down to a couple of feet calling as well a better than hoped for encounter. On the Reservoir water Mallard, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, 3-off Wigeon and a lot of Black Headed Gulls and 2-off Common Gulls