First day out of the new year and it would have been silly to have passed the Blyths Pipit site without calling in to say hello. It was cold and the Pipit didn’t show all that well either but see it I did for a magnificent 30 seconds and it didn’t show for another 30 minutes whilst I was there so off I went down to Old Moor RSPB and the car was a warm place.
I arrived at about 11am and planned the garden hide first to rattle a few shots off, the prime seats were taken and were taken by the same two people for at least two hours whilst I was there, but nether mind there was plenty of birds here and a few species to see plenty of Chaffinch, Bullfinch,Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit a few Woodpigeon, Stock Dove and Pheasants
Onwards then towards the family hide and here I could it was going to be a quiet day, few wildfowl about but I could see plenty of Wigeon with Tufted Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Lapwing, Starling and a couple of Linnets flying past.
The next call was down at the Wath Ings hide seeing nothing on my way down except the few Black headed Gulls overhead. From the hide more Wigeon with Teal, Shoveler, gadwall, Mute Swan, Shelduck a Grey Heron on the left hand banking, Common Snipe (14) down in front of the hide busy probing away at the mud, but no Goldeneye for me. Back then to the garden hide thinking I’d grab 30 minutes before a snack in the prime seat..nah!
After dinner turned left at the junction and down to Bittern hide not much happening here either did get a glimpse of 2 distant Little Egrets. Last call was around at the Tree Sparrow farm to see the fore mentioned along with Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Bullfinch. and no Brambling for me today worth another call soon
On the way out Redwing and Blackbirds feeding on the berries near the gate entrance
The day list in no particular order 🙂
Blyth’s Pipit, Black headed Gull, Goosander, Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Starling, Common Snipe, Grey Heron, Linnet, Rook, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Stock Dove, Pochard, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Little Egret