Monthly Archives: September 2012

Old Moor RSPB

Here we are again a few days later but Old Moor is such a diverse site I just can’t seem to keep away, plenty of wildlife to seek out and I don’t have to worry about dogs springing on me or looking out for dog poo in case the foot goes in it.  Another wader day down at the Wath Ings hide with plenty of Golden Plover and Lapwings with the small waders in and amongst,  Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Dunlin and Ruff were all present. A Kingfisher made a brief appearance on the fence near the hide but was soon off, to quick for a photo. Wildfowl seems to be building up slowly at Old Moor with good numbers of Gadwall and Wigeon, also present were Mallard, Shoveler, and Teal.

There were a few Swallows zipping thru and good numbers of Grey Herons, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorants, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Linnets, Black headed Gulls, Starlings, Greenfinch, Long Tailed Tits plenty to see.

After dinner we had a walk on to Gypsy Marsh, along the cycle track, this is where we saw plenty of Common Darters, Migrant Hawkers and Green Shield Bugs and big Garden Spiders, Red Admiral, and Comma to finish the day off.

The Day List in no order :-

Lapwing, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Swallow, Starling, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Linnet, Black headed Gull, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Crow, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Green Shield Bugs
Red Admiral

Green Shield Bug

Migrant Hawker

Old Moor RSPB

We decided on a few hours out at Old Moor since the weather was good for a spot a birding, on arrival we walked straight dow to Wath Ings hide where all the reported waders were being seen, on our walk we picked up a Buzzard but my wife shouted Osprey this side, no it was a Buzzard I said and on that most of the people from the hide were running out saying “did you see the Osprey” “No Buzzard” “there was an Osprey too” looks like it wasn’t going to be my day. Settling in we soon picked out a handful of Green Sandpipers to the left of the hide, most of the action was to the right  side of the hide with plenty of Lapwing and Golden Plovers about, you could pick smaller waders in and amongst Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint. 

A few duck species still about namely Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, and Gadwall, smaller birds Blue Tit, Greenfinch, and Linnet with a Sparrowhawk and a “yaffling” Green Woodpecker to finish the bird side off. There was still a lot of Common Daters still about in the sun trap areas

Here is a view from Wath Ings hide

View from Wath Ings Hide