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