“Then God said “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abound, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Old Moor was the destination and the group was from the church I attend in Huddersfield. Just over twenty people with different skill levels in bird ID from the novice to those with numerous years under the belt, but all one in Christ. So 10am was the start time in the Old Moor car park with Black Headed Gull getting the list off to a start then Robin, Greenfinch, Wren, Blue Tit then my first Willow Warbler of the year followed shortly by Blackcap.
Out onto the reserve after the group intro from the RSPB staff, generally telling us about Old Moor and what was about this went down brilliantly well with the group, first port of call then being the feeders Great Tit, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Pheasant and Mallard. Venturing futher in and towards the Family Hide Long Tailed Tit, and another Willow Warbler but this one was singing its heart out in full view giving great us a great opportunity to scope it for the group with also a Dunnock near by [view video]. Arriving at the family hide to view some wildfowl Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck with a few Oystercatchers thrown in. On then to the next hide to have a Green Woodpecker and a Ringed Plover shown to us by one of the RSPB staff/Volunteer and with a few Redshank, Goosander ♀, Shoveler and a Wigeon ♀♂, thrown in the group was soon on the move again finally arriving at the Wath Ings hide to find 2-off Little Gulls, one being in its full summer dress, stunning and then to everyones delight a fly past Kingfisher taking in the full length of the hide and to within a couple of feet, thier are still talking about it today, it was bacon buttie and cappucino time.
After dinner we parted company some staying, some went shopping, my wife and I went to Wombwell Ings to have an hours reflect and to have a little bit of time out for ourselves adding Little Ringed Plover (2), Green Sandpiper and Whooper Swan(2) to my day tally. Click for the Day List