Adwick Washlands and Old Moor

Early start, well early’ish still didn’t get to Adwick till 8:30am due to sat nav taking me thru Bolton upon Dearne side and not Adwick upon Dearne. After all that I got down to the lakes on Lowfield Lane to find Lapwings, Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black backed Gulls in a group, lots of Shoveler and Teal about along with numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese. Three Black tailed Godwits dropped in, and I found a Common Snipe up against the back reeds.

Along at the feeders were Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit, nearby was a very vocal Cetti’s Warbler, I did get very brief views of it chasing another in the nearby bush I was standing close to.

Bird List: Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Magpie, Moorhen, Pheasant, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Teal (21 Species)

After about 3 hours at Adwick I decided on moving on to Old Moor which is only about 10mins down the road. Old Moor is a popular site, there were a few more folk here than there was at Adwick Washlands. Adwick is accessible 24 hours a day whereas Old Moor doesn’t open till 9:30am and shuts, at this time of year at 5pm, hence the start at Adwick.

My first port of call was to a wooden gate I know where I would find Common Darter, sure enough there was one, and an obliging individual it was, this along with a Ruddy Darter was a good start, after this I made my way on to the reserve.

On the reserve, I decided on trying to pick up Willow Emerald Damselfly around at the ponds, after a little searching I found one individual and again an obliging subject so again managed to get a few shots. Delving deeper into the reserve I stopped off at the new lookout hide which overlooks the mere, here I saw Cormorants, Avocets, Wigeon, Tufted Ducks, Black headed Gulls, and Shovelers.

On then to Wath Ings were I found Black tailed Godwits, Gadwall, Lapwings, and Wigeon, but the best bird of the day was just about to arrive, a Common Buzzard caught my attention but next to this was a bigger bird paler underneath, an Osprey, I tried to get a few people onto it has it made its way thru the Wath Ings and into the reserve, a bird probably on migration south and eventually onto its wintering grounds in Africa, nice to see.

Moving on then and down to the reedbed hide where the reported Jack Snipe was still being seen. I settled into the hide picking up various birds whilst waiting Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtails, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe. It took about an hour of waiting before the Jack Snipe showed giving all but brief and obscured views, I got to see the bobbing action, so I was chuffed.

Bird List: Avocet, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Buzzard, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jack Snipe, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Osprey, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon (33 Species)

Video of the Day can be seen by pressing THIS

More Photos can be seen on my Flickr, see link in My Stuff Tab

Grey Heron in Flight

Common Darters

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