Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

Patch Outing

What species are these??

Planned a visit roiund a few of the Patch Reservoirs today namely Ingbirchworth, Royd Moor, Winscar and Langsett to get all these in it would be a whistle stop tour. Started at Ingbirchworth at about 9:30am to pick up my first Sand Martins (4) of the year along with a Swallow and the usual Coot, Mallard etc. Out and along Annat Road to find Little Owl and alone female Wheatear ♀, my first of the year, futher up the road was a huge flock of Fieldfare c250 with a handful of Starling mixed in but no Ring Ouzels, I believe Fieldfares are good carriers of Ring Ouzel so I had a good look before moving on down Whiteley Common to find a few smaller birds Pied Wagtails were evident but I couldn’t turn any in to White Wagtails along with the wagtails were Reed Buntings ♂♀, Chaffinch ♂♀, Linnet and Stock Dove.

Flight hill area was the next port of call to find Red Grouse, Curlew and Meadow Pipit whilst I was having dinner in these parts I had another lifer but this didn’t have any feathers, it was grey and white, arge back legs , it was in moult to its summer coat from its white winter one and it was a Mountain Hare

Answer to above photo