Monthly Archives: January 2016

Old Moor RSPB

A place I hadn’t been for a while so a visit was long overdue on arriving I headed down to the Tree Sparrow Farm where I caught up with a few species like, Siskin, Reed Bunting,  Greenfinch,  Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, and of course Tree Sparrows. 

A quick walk then towards the Family Hide where I encountered a very friendly Robin looking for a hand out I think which I didn’t have (remember for next time, hopefully). From the hide itself Black headed Gulls, Tufed Duck, Gadwall,  Mallard, Coot and a few distant Wigeon

Down on to the field pool hide where Mute Swan, Pochard, Teal, Lapwing, Black headed and Common Gulls were seen

Wader scrape hide produced Goosander, Cormorant, Shoveler, Pied Wagtail , Goldeneye (male and Female) to the list along with Great Crested and Little Grebes




Day List

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer

In Search Of…

Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire  was the first stop of the day in search of a very large finch which is best seen in the winter months, Rufford Park is now one of the better places to seen them. Car Park was free, which we all like, we arrived at about 8am and proceeded to search the nearby tress finding Siskin, Chaffinch, Brambling,  before finally a large bird landed at the very top of a nearby tree, which these birds like doing, followed by two other birds, the search was over 3 Hawfinch, our largest UK Finch with a bill too that can crack cherry stones, a big powerful bird, they gave good distant views before disappearing. Other birds we saw here or heard here were Common Buzzard, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Blackbird, Black headed Gulls, Lesser Black backed Gull.

The search then moved on to a migratory duck which was being seen at Eakring Flash, we first stopped off at a local pig farm to search for reported Caspian Gulls, which was no joy but we did pick up a Yellow legged Herring Gull along with plenty Black headed Gulls, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Common Gulls, Herring Gulls. So the search was back at Eakring, which proved a difficult place to find but find we did, and the bird we were searching for was in the middle of the pond, having a kip along with Mallards, the Garganey this one being a splendid Male bird in its breeding colours. These birds usually visit the UK in the summer months, spending the winter months in southern Africa, India, and Australia so seeing one here in January was very unusual, a first for me.

Our next search was to be up at Alkborough Flats Nature Reserve up on the Humber Estuary for Raptors coming into roost, our fingers were crossed for Hen Harrier. The journey to Alkborough was to be via Wroot  in search of Bewicks Swan our search gave us only Whooper Swans.

We finally arrived Alkborough and proceeded immediately down to the Estuary hide seeing on route Peregrine playing around with the Dunlin as they swirled to escape capture, Common Redshank were seen along with Lapwing and Golden Plover in the adjoining fields. Settling in the hide as dusk was approaching Marsh Harriers were dancing over the reedbeds, Gulls were coming in down the Humber as they sort refuse for the night, Curlew gave flight, the Peregrine again was harassing the Dunlin with no success and retreated once again this time coming back over the hide and giving us once again excellent views, we watched and heard the spectacle of thousands of Starlings in the murmaration and the sounds of whooshing and chattering starlings as they came by the hide, again a spectacle to behold, then the geese started coming in to roost hundreds coming in off the estuary calling all the way, we enjoyed this spectacle from outside the hide and enjoyed every second, then to finish the night off a Short eared Owl came floating by the hide before settling in amongst the grass and disappearing to sight to the now ever fading light, no Hen Harrier

The Day List 🙂

Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Garganey, Marsh harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Peregrine, Pheasant, Moorhen, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow legged Gull, Great Black backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Short eared Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Long tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch


Rufford Country Park

Rufford Park

A New Year

Well the start of a new year and some big adventures to come this year but todays visit was to the Yorkshire East Coast were the highlights for today could be found at Flamborough and Filey, with hopefully bagging a couple of lifers to get the year off to a good start.

Our first port of call was out to Filey where a long staying Surf Scoter was to be found, we walked on to Carr Naze where we could look over the sea and the bay. The birds observed were Black headed Gulls, Rock Pipits, Cormorant, Shag, Red throated Divers (flying North mainly and a couple in the bay), a bird far out, we decided was an Eider. So no luck  Scoter wise so we decided a walk down on to the brigg, idea being to get lower down to see if that would be an advantage. Settling in on the brigg and scanning around we picked up a few waders, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Knot, Oystercatcher, and Purple Sandpiper also Grey Heron, Great Black backed Gull,  Herring Gull, Cormorant,Shag, Razorbills, Red throated Divers once again no Surf Scoter so back up to the top picking up a Male and Female Stonechat on route.

Back up at the top we saw a few more birders had gathered on the brigg so we headed back towards them. We picked up the “Eider” bird again this time further in towards the brigg and eventually started to fly and landed even closer to the brigg, this time giving more ID features to confirm without doubt this was the bird a young drake (lifer in the bag) see Surf Scoter

On then to Flamborough and hopefully and the Richard’s Pipits’…after a very muddy walk  picking up 2 Whooper Swans and Fulmars on the way down walk we gathered with a few other birders and after 5 mins some guy picked a bird up with the another bird picked up quickly by another guy, we were all soon on both birds as they came together in the grassy field giving us all good views

Grey Heron at Filey Brigg

Grey Heron


Days Bird List :-

Red throated Diver, Fulmar, Cormaorant, Shag, Grey Heron, Whooper Swan, Mallard, SURF SCOTER, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Purple Sandpiper, Redshank, Black headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black backed Gull, Guillemot, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, RICHARDS PIPIT, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch