Thought I’d brush off the Christmas cake and start the New Years birding again and of course a new start at a favourite place.
My first area to look in was the Trans Pennine Trail and to pin down some Redolls that had been seen over the last few days, hopefully with the Meally (Common) Redpoll that had been seen. Goldfinch were the only flock I could find and it was when I nearly gave up that I found a single Lesser Redpoll, the joy was short-lived when it soon decided to fly off in the direction of Old Moor, so the decision was to walk down to Bolton Ings.
Bolton Ings gave up two cream crowned Marsh Harriers along with two Goosander, Little Egret, Coot, a Green Woodpecker was heard only, Mute Swan, a Jay. Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit were seen back on the TPT as I walked back to Old Moor.
On the reserve around the Tree Sparrow farm, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Woodpigeon, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnocks and Blackbirds
Bearded Tits had been reported down near the Reedbed hide so once again I decided on giving it ago to try to add this species to my Old Moor list, an hour in waiting and it’s still not on the list, but a Common Buzzard was a nice addition to the day
A walk then back down to the Family Hide gave up a flock of Lesser Redpolls near the big tree, but were hard to see amongst the bushes and the Meally wasn’t picked out before they gave flight.
Family Hide gave Coots, Cormorant, Black headed and Common Gulls, Pochard, Tufted Ducks, Mallard
On then and to the far end of Old Moor at Wath Ings hide were I managed to find a Drake Goldeneye, first of the year, also here were Lapwings, Starlings,
Bird List for the Day:- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Jay,, Lapwing, Lesser Redpoll, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Stock Dove, TYeal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck,Wigeon, Woodpigeon (45)
Male Reed Bunting (Winter Plumage)