Monthly Archives: April 2011

Langsett and Potteric Carr

Our first port of call was at Broadstones Reservoir hopefully to catch out the Grasshopper Warbler that had been reported but you guessed it he didn’t show but plenty of Linnets kept us entertained. We moved off then to the Langsett area calling firstly at Carlecotes Ponds for Tree Pipit but the wind was too much so we did plan B, into the Little Don Valley area here we did see Tree Pipit, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush including young ones in the car park along with Great Spotted Woodpeckers


 We moved off for dinner at the Bank View Cafe and after decided on a trip over the Strines hoping to see some raptors but didn’t but we caught up with Tree Pipit again

Langsett Area List in no order:- Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Pheasant, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail [Yarrelli] Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Tree Pipit, Meadow pipit,Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Swallow, House Martin,Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Robin, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Wheatear, Oystercatcher

We had arranged to meet some friends at Potteric Carr for three O’Clock so it was there that we ended up and on parking in the overflow car park we were met by a Whitethroat singing from a nearby bush. We had only planned an evening walk around the reserve but on entering the reception we saw most of the action was down at West Scrap Hide so it was there we went and stayed till about 6:30pm. There were Butterflies in abundance Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Green Veined Whites and plenty of unidentified whites. The birds we saw from West Scrape hide were good these included six new reserve birds for me namely Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Bar Tailed Godwit, Pied Wagtail and White Wagtail [taking my tally now to 94] other waders included Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, and Avocets, warblers we saw included Reed Warbler and Whitethroat.

Potteric Carr list in no order :- Whitethroat, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail [yarrelli], White Wagtail [alba], Common Sandpiper, Avocet, Bar Tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Teal, Gadwall, Shelduck, Ringed Plover, Black Headed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Sand Martin, Mallard, Green Sandpiper, Mute Swan, Swallow, Shoveler, Starling, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Great Tit, Blackcap, Magpie, Tufted Duck, Reed Warbler, Greenfinch, Goldfinch






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RSPB Old Moor

A few hours out at Old Moor once again in wonderful sunshine things seemed quieter today but on arrival the car park was rammed with cars but not to be put off in we went. The wildlife was good with the first Large Red Damselfly, Dinky Skipper and Brimstone of the year for me. Starting in the family hide there was a good number of wildfowl to go thru but a certain gull had to be found first easily located on the mere island the Adult Mediterranean Gull was seeing off all comers to its little patch. With Sand Martins settling in to the artificial home wildfowl were finally got round to Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler. Of we went again to the wader scrap hide finding on our way along Green Lane Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warblers and then from the hide Avocet, Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, Common Tern and a splendid male Pintail our final destination was the Wath Ings hide the highlight being a Little Ringed Plover and a Ringed Plover

Its been a great Easter weekend both weather wise and bird wise with a final list tally of 91 species seen or heard the list can be seen by clicking the LIST LINK

The Old Moor day list in no particular order :-

Lapwing, Blackbird, Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Avocet, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Gadwall, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler, Green Woodpecker. Crow, Black headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Woodpigeon, Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Coot, Pochard, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Common Tern, Bullfinch, Magpie, Greenfinch, Pintail, Goosander, Oystercatcher, Tree Sparrow, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Dinky Skipper, Large Red Damselfly

A Couple of Pictures from the day :-

Common Redshank


Dinky Skipper


Garden Tick

Had to post this missed it during the winter when I didn’t see it but caught up with it over the Easter Weekend Coal Tit photos

RSPB Leighton Moss

Saturday 23rd April saw us on a visit to Leighton Moss RSPB site [Location], the
last visit I made was back in January 2000 so this was well over due. We started the bird hunt at Lillians Hide for our first bird the Mediterranean Gull that had taken up residence in the Black Headed Gull colony it took a little bit of finding
amongst all the Black Heads but find we did, other birds from here were Marsh Harrier, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shelduck and Teal. On then to Greisdale Hide on the way Chiffchaff, Robin, Sedge and Reed Warblers, we added Lapwing and Oystercatcher from Greisdale but not the garganeys. It was soon dinner time but first a stop at the feeders to see Marsh Tit, Nuthatch,Bullfinch, and Blue Tit.

After dinner a walk down along the causeway with more Marsh Harriers, Black Headed Gulls, Lapwing, Reed and Sedge Warblers but Blackcap was a new one for the day and Buzzard over head. The final walk was on to the Eric Morecambe and Allen Hides this was a good walk seeing Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warblers and Sedge Warblers finally adding some waders to the list from the hides Avocet, Black Tailed Godwits, Common Redshank, Spotted Redshank, and Knot

The Day list in no particular order :-

Black Headed Gull, Great Black backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Sheldduck, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Marsh Harrier, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sedge Warbler, Reed warbler, Blackcap, Oystercatcher, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Willow Warbler, Wren, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Common Buzzard, Coot, Moorhen, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Redshank, Black tailed Godwit, Swallow, Common Redshank, Avocet, Knot, Wigeon

A couple of record photos from the day :-

Mediterranean Gull

Meditteranean Gull with Black Headed Gulls


Week 16

The week started well at the work patch with the arrival of a Willow Warbler on Tuesday the 19th butterflies were more in evidence this week because of the splendid weather [see patch highlights at this Page Link] with 6 species seen, the walk to work this week also produced a Green Woodpecker. Thursday 21st was an Owl night around the local moors with Little Owl, Tawny Owl and Long Eared Owls about also seen was a Common Sandpiper on a near by reservoir [cant say which one because of the owls] . Friday the 22nd was around the Langsett area and Cheesegate nab no Ring Ouzels this year however the weather was excellent today so people were about lots of people but the birds we did see or hear were Meadow Pipit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redstart, Cuckoo, Skylark, Goldfinch,  Red Grouse, Blackbird, Robin, Siskin, Swallow, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit 

Male Blackbird



Old Moor RSPB

The day stared with running thru a couple of Patch sites before going out to Old Moor the first port of call was Cheesegate Nab in the hope of Ring Ouzels moving thru but alas all we got sight of were Wheatear [Video Link], Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, a few Carrion Crows, a Cormorant gave us a fly thru. We moved off towards the Ingbirchworth area to find more Wheatears Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and a couple of Grey Partridge legging it down the road a move to Ingbirchworth Res. gave us nothing new for the day so it was onto Old Moor RSPB near manvers.

On arrival we decided to go along warblers way to hopefully  hear and see some warblers fresh in from migration what we did see were Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Long Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcap and Whitethroat at the hide, Bolton Ings area, Black Headed Gull, lesser Black Backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Gadwall [Video Link], Teal, Mallard, Mute Swan, Shoveler, Tufted Duck. After dinner at the Gannets Cafe it was on to the reserve to see more of the same with Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Wigeon, and Reed Bunting




Back on’t Patch

Well its been a week of a few firsts on’t Patch with my first Sand Martins yesterday, Orange-tip at work, and Swallow near home. Friday saw me at Ingbirchworth Reservoir first thing 7:30am to hear my first Willow Warbler of the year.  A few Pied Wagtails were knocking about with Tufted Ducks, Mallards and Canada Geese on the water but not the hoped for Swallows, and Martins, so I decided to move off into the grasslands around Whitley Common. I pulled up in a favoured spot to find Wheatears and Meadow Pipits galore, I stopped counting the Pipits but there  were over 20 Wheatears knocking about, and then a Commmon Snipe drumming over head, Skylarks and Linnets started singing things were beginning to wake up then I found about a dozen Golden Plovers. Moved on then to Lower maythorn to find more Wheatears well over 20 birds again along with more Meadow Pipits, Cheesagate Nab was my next port of call hoping to find Ring Ouzel on passage but I only found more Linnets and Willow Warblers. Broadstones reservoir was my last port of call and there I found very little that I already hadn’t seen during the morning.

Today Species List in no particular order:-

Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck, Pied Wagtail, Greylag Goose, Willow Warbler, Common Snipe, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Yellowhammer, Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Linnet, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Swallow, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk




Bat Night

At last I managed to get out with this years  Christmas present the Bat Detector, Sands Lane was the destination but the birds came first with this years Patch firsts Sand Martins there were only a handful but there they where, also present a pair of Tufted Duck, Goosander, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Chiffchaff, Robin, Blue Tit and a few Mallards. At a about 8:30pm my wife caught the glimpse of a small bat passing by the car out I got Bat Detector on and then a wait of a couple of minutes and I heard my first bat, the frequency was 45kHz so with this, the size and place  I believe I heard my first Common Pipistrelle, but much to learn,  I have now a few more questions  that need answering a few bat walks with the experts are in order I think.

Conwy RSPB

We decided on taking the coast road back home and of course a stop off for dinner at the RSPB Conwy reserve [Website Link] the weather was now once again showers but not to be deterred off we set on to the reserve. At Conwy we found more summer migrants Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Blackcap overhead once again hundreds of Sand Martins, a few Swallows in and amongst, and ya I found a single House Martin as well. The reserve pools held good numbers of Red Breasted Mergansers  [Video Link] pairing up and displaying before their move in to the mountains to breed, waders included Redshank, Common Snipe, Curlew, Black tailed Godwits and Lapwngs, wildfowl were represented by Shelduck, Mallard,Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall and Teal. We found more Wheatears 2 male and a female, a Little Egret, and on the Estuary Grey Herons, Wigeon and Redshank , that was the end of a splendid weekend 70 species in total visited some splendid reserves saw some splendid birds and eat some splendid chocolate cake. More photos can be seen by using the Flickr tab on the right side.

Full Species List can be found by clicking this > Page Link

Little Egret RSPB Conwy

Female Wheatear RSPB Conwy


Male Wheatear RSPB Conwy