It was going to be quality today rather than quantity on a quick visit down to Broomhill which is near to the Old Moor RSPB site. I had a few jobs to do at home first so I didn’t arrive on site till 10:45pm, I had word earlier that the birds I was looking for were still on site, so in with the small crowd that had gathered. Birds started appearing but not the ones we were looking for, Sparrowhawk over, Goldcrests, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch and Wren even a Mute Swan kept coming and going then after about 45 mins target species number one a Firecrest, put in a brief appearance, brief put great views were had of this small bird before flying over to the other banking of the river, so one down two to go.
I walked up and down the road now looking for target two, another 30 mins later I came across it, right place right time, this one was a Yellow browed Warbler and again gave great views as it flitted around the bush, and again too quick for me for pictures.
On then for number three target, this one hopefully was near the hide but on arrival I could see a few people standing around, after parking up I joined them for the wait this time seeing Reed Buntings, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit , Bullfinch, Robin and even a Kingfisher thru the car park, then it’s here behind us, it must have been skulking in the bush, target three was a Hawfinch, I’d never seen one this close what a brute of a finch, but I wasn’t going to get to see it for long it flew off and out of sight. I waited around a little longer but no show, I had a quick view from the hide, birds from here Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, a pair of Goldeneye, Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, and Cormorant.
Back outside and I waited again for 30 mins in hope the Hawfinch might return but to no avail it was now time to draw a line under the day, Grandsons Birthday called stronger
The Day List : 26
Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Dunnock, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wren, Yellow browed Warbler