Monthly Archives: February 2013

Old Moor RSPB

Yep back to Old Moor and today was a great day for  the small birds Buntings, Finches etc and on arrival we were straight round to the Centre Feeders Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Buntings, Wren, Bullfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Collard Dove, Blackbird, could all be seen and with the addition of Brambling, Yellowhammer and Tree Sparrow up at the Sparrow Farm and was a great start. We then had a walk up to the Bittern Hide and in this area we saw Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Goosander, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Pochard, Moorhen, Coot and the bird of the day eventually found the female Smew (an addition to the Old Moor list), short but sweet

Collard Dove
Collard Dove 8/52

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

Attenborough Nature Reserve

A day out was on the cards and we decided on a new place near Nottingham called Attenborough Nature Reserve. Car parking was £1.50 for the day and it would take you more than a day to get around everything here it’s a large place. The nature centre is next to the car park and of course as in any car park like this you get a variety of wildfowl, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese, Mallard, Tufted Duck could all be seen but we didn’t see the Red Crested Pochard that has been reported around this area. We decided on a move down to the Tower Hide around Clifton Ponds and during the walk down we saw a variety of birds on the various areas of open water close to the paths, there were a few Goosanders about mainly males with a few females thrown in. Ducks were represented by Gadwall, Teal, Goldeneye, Pochard, and Mallard, gulls around were Black-headed Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, also Great Crested and Little Grebes were seen. We finally made it into the Tower Hide and were immediately put on to a Bittern hiding in the reeds and with the occasional movement we were able to pick it up, for an hour we waited and then it finally came out into full view, it decided on a big area to walk around, which of course was away from the camera it did this for about 10 minutes before settling back into the reeds it was then that we left. On our way back down the path from the hide we came across a pair of Goldcrest picking their way down the hedge side. Our walk then took us down to the river on our loop of this little corner of Attenborough birds seen around here were a single Fieldfare, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Cormorants flying over, Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits and Great Tits.

Day List :-

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Bittern, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pochard,Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon,Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch

Pied Wagtails

Pied Wagtail

Bittern

Bittern 6/52

Old Moor RSPB

Today was most definitely a Waxwing day they preformed well from the moment we arrived in the car park at Old Moor perched on nearby trees to the very moment we left at the end of the day seen feeding on berries around the car park feeders. Nothing much else on the reserve but we did plenty of walking and searching for various species. Family hide produced the most waterfowl with Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, and a female Goldeneye along with Cormorant, Mute Swan, and Little Grebe. At the Wader scrape hide we added Redshank, Shoveler and Sparrowhawk.

Waxing delight
Waxwing

Ingbirchworth Area

Couple of hours spare so I decided on a ride around the Ingbirchworth area to try and catch up with some local area stuff for the 2013 year list. I started out around the Broadstones Res. area where it turned out to be very quiet except for a few Black headed and Common Gulls mainly Common Gulls and a Pheasant.

I decided on a stop at the Royd Moor viewpoint for a photographic opportunity and was joined here by a Skylark in the nearby field,.After the photos I travelled on down to Ingbirchworth Res. to try and find a few water birds to make the list up. Out on the water more gulls of the same as seen earlier along with Canada Geese, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe (2)

Coot at Ingbirchworth Reservoir
Coot