Daily Archives: April 30, 2013

Old Moor RSPB

Unexpected day out at Old Moor proved a worthwhile visit catching up with summer migrants and a few insects. The Bittern could be heard booming from the visitor centre whilst I watched the birds at the centre feeders,  Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch,  Bullfinch,  Dunnock  and Pheasants. Strolling on towards Green Lane warblers were out in force Whitethroats, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler. On at the Wath Ings Black tailed Godwit, Redshank, Lapwing, Gadwall and Teal.  Back on Green Lane I spotted what I thought was a bee but it turned out to be a hoverfly Bee mimic Eristalis intricarius a uslooking further I came across Spiders and a few Alder Leaf Beetles, finally I caught sight of Avocet and Sparrowhawk over Green Lane. Butterflies for the day Peacock and Orange-tip.

Day list in no order :-

Avocet, Redshank, Black tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Black headed Gull, Cormorant, Bittern, Grey Heron, Coot, Moorhen, Magpie, Crow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch,  Goldfinch, Bullfinch,  Swift, Sand Martin, Whitethroat,  Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler,  Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Shoveler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, , Woodpigeon, Tufted Duck, Blackbird, Jay,  Linnet.

Hoverfly Bee mimic [Eristalis intricarius]

Volucella bombylans plumata

Alder Leaf Beetle

Alder Leaf Beetle