Another visit out to Old Moor to try to see the reported Jack Snipe that had been seen over the last couple of week, I planted myself in the Bittern Hide the area which it had been seen over the last couple of days for an hour and a half, I saw Water Rail (a me first for Old Moor) , Coots, Little Grebes, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Lapwing, Crows. Cormorant, Mute Swans, Golden Plover, Starling, a covey of eight Grey Partridge (another me first for Old Moor List now standing at 107) but alas no Jack Snipe I moved on. Moving back to the ponds to see if I could find any Dragonflies, there was still plenty of Common Darters about but I didn’t catch sight of anything else. I moved to the Gannets cafe for dinner and over dinner I decided to go back home via a couple of sites in the HBW (The Patch) a place I hadn’t been for a while due mainly to the dog population on the local reservoirs and of course the disrespect for the bird life by the owners despite the number of signs outlining my dogs should be on leads etc etc. Anyway I arrived at Ingbirchworth Res. to find a dog not on a lead, point taken, nothing changed here then, I looked over the birds anyway since I was here, there was plenty of Mallards, Black-headed Gulls with Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4), Common Gulls (6), lots of Canada Geese, Pink Footed Geese (2), a large flock of Chaffinch got my attention for about 20 minutes looking out for a Brambling wasn’t to be my day.
The sign outlining why dog owners should have dogs on leads and why people shouldn’t go down to the water’s edge to throw stones, seems plain enough to me…….so why do so many people ignore it ??????……is it because so many people can’t read or are we living in a very selfish society these days?????
and of course a couple of views from Old Moor RSPB vast becoming my favourite place to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!