Today’s outing was out to Old Moor again but this time it was with a difference we were going to try out the the new ground level photography hide. The hide is bookable over two sessions a 9:30 – 12:30 and a 12:30 = 3:30 session costing is £40 for a session but if you are a RSPB member you get a 25% discount.
Well we had booked in for the morning session and from that session we walked away seeing 18 species including Mallard, Stock Dove, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Yellowhammer, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow
After the hide session we decided on a walk around the reserve stopping firstly at the family hide here we saw Redshank, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Black headed Gulls and the Mediterranean Gull. Down on Green Lane the friendly Robin showed itself and posed for a number of shots
The birds of the day at Old Moor :-
Robin, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Collard Dove, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Bullfinch, Magpie, Tree Sparrow, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shelduck, Shoveler, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Lapwing, Goosander, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Linnet, Jackdaw, Crow, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Pochard, Pheasant, Starling, Long tailed Tit, Song Thrush.
WE then decided on a detour on the way via Langsett Reservoir and the Lower Midhope Moors here we saw lots of Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipits, Curlew, Lapwings we even saw Mallard and Chaffinch but the bird we were looking for was finally found but at a distance the long staying Great Grey Shrike, found sat atop of a bush staking out its territory before landing on the nearby wall, we had a short time with the shrike as time was running short
Great Grey Shrike