Monthly Archives: November 2009

Old Moor RSPB

Out to Old Moor again for a couple of hours with the new toy the Panasonic FZ38 [see  links page for review] to take a couple of pics and get used to the feel etc etc. Stopping around the bird feeder area watching Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Bullfinch, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Magpie, Pheasant and a couple of Grey Squirrels busy gathering food and buring it oh I did manage to grap a couple of pics as well even if it was poor light.

Tree Sparrow

Greenfinch

Grey Squirrel

My Patch

A quick tour of a couple of the patch reservoirs in very windy conditions resulted in bird life being very absent. Broadstones gave me Blackbird, great flocks of Starling, Black Headed Gull and that was about it for Broadstones. Royd Moor was a bit more fruitful with Fieldfare, Redwing, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Bullfinch ♀ and ♂, Lesser Black Backed, Common and Black Headed Gulls and very much a fly thru Sparrowhawk that went that fast I nearly missed it.

My Patch

Around the patch today and up to a reservoir I haven’t visited before Boshaw Whams at Hade Edge to see Scaup, this bird being a 1st winter and had settled in nicely with the other bird life on the reservoir Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Black Headed Gull I did have also a fly thru Kestrel whilst I was admiring the Scaup. I moved on then down to Ingbirchworth to add Fieldfare, Blackbird, Mistle and Song Thrush to the afternoon list plus a calling Tawny Owl

Old Moor RSPB

Old Moor seems to be the place where I can’t seem to get away from for some strange reason at the moment so with a group of friends six in all we were off and running at 10am. First bird of the day Little Owl in his usual tree and along with Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Great and Blue Tit at the feeding garden. It was then on to the reserve to see plenty of Golden Plover and Lapwing overhead, we took in all the hides and managed to see Little and Great Crested Grebes, Goosander ♂ and ♀, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Ruff (2), Redshank (4), Green Sandpiper (6), after all that we had worked up an appitite so it was back to Gannets Cafe for dinner. After dinner we managed to add a few extra species , Robin, Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow and Wren from around the pond dipping area and up to the reedbed hide.

Day’s Species List :-

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck,Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Kestrel, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Ruff, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet,

Rutland Water

Jack Snipe

JACK SNIPE

A few days away at our favourite Bed and Breakfast at Bridge Cottage in Woodnewton, great food, great host, and great location resulted in a days birding at Rutland Water. We arrived at Rutland Water on the 5th November in showery weather but not to be dishearted we  purchased our permits at £4 a time and then had a quick look at the birds from the Centre viewing area these were mostly wildfowl namely Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Shelduck , and a couple of Ruddy Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose and 1 Little Egret. We decided on a walk to Gadwall hide before dinner seeing Slavonian, Little and Great Crested Grebes, Pintail, Mallard, Teal, and of course Gadwall from here. After a while we made our way to Goldeneye hide to find Black Necked Grebe, pity Red Necked wasn’t about. Back to the centre for dinner and then a move on to Redshank hide to see Jack Snipe and Water Rail both birds giving excellent views, a move then to the newer part of the reserve at the end of the day to see the gulls coming in Black Headed, Great Black Backed and Common were the only ones I picked out but I admit I’m no gull expert, other birds Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Coot, Moorhen

Rutland Water is a great place to bird watch and along with all the changes that are going on at the moment with new lagoons and flooded meadows this place will be awesome. See Sites tab for up to date news.

Bird List :-

Little Grebe plenty, Great Crested Grebe plenty, Slavonian Grebe (1), Black Necked Grebe (4 reported), Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Sawn, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Redwing, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Crow, Magpie, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,Bullfinch, Tufted Duck, House Sparrow, Ruddy Shelduck, Jack Snipe, Red Kite (from the Motorway)