Monthly Archives: December 2019

A Muddy Day

Stainforth was my first  port of call for a certain long staying Rough Legged Buzzard and a very muddy walk to the view point. After about a thirty minute wait and most of the time was distant, however I did manage to pick up on the key differences between this and Common Buzzard (Black tipped white tail, paler head)

Over birds highlights here were Green Woodpecker, Kestrel,  and Fieldfare

After the Rough legged Buzzard I decided to stop off at Old Moor on the way back home where I got great views of Bearded Tit and Reed Buntings down on the Reedbed Trial.

around at  the Family Hide, a good place to view the Mere, from here all the usual wildfowl, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall,Moorhen, Coot also a couple of Goldeneye, Gulls from here Black headed, Common, Herring and Lesser Black backed

Around at the feeders, Great tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Collard Dove and Woodpigeon

Days Bird List : Bearded Tit, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Stock Dove, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon

Reed Bunting

Female Reed Bunting

St Aidans

End of year bash for Short eared Owls at St Aidans, arriving at 12:30pm I was a little early for the Owls so I did a small loop around the reserve.

The obvious birds about were the wildfowl scattered about Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coots, a couple of Great Crested Grebes, nice to find a single Stonchat popping up on the gorse bushes to break up looking out over the lakes.

Further around St Aidans in and amongst the smaller lakes Wigeon, Teal , Moorhen and Pochards, Black headed Gulls and Herring Gulls.

By the time I’d walked this far round it was getting close to the 3:30pm mark and time for Owls, I was down now near the hill and it was a Kestrel that caught my eye at first just sitting on one of the fence posts near the footpath when a group of Lapwings and Black headed Gulls took my eye, as they were harassing something a little bit larger, this just happened to be a single Short eared Owl making its way over the hill and flying straight towards me taking the flight path that had it flying overhead, just out of touch if I tried standing on my tip toes, then dropping down on to the nearby field, amazingly disappearing as it landed among the tussocks.

It wasn’t long after that we were all given a great display of three Owls hunting over the hill, many people about and many photos taken

Birds of the Day :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Crow, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Kestrel, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Short eared Owl, Shoveler, Stock Dove, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon

Kestrel

Kestrel