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RSPB Old Moor


My mother wanted to goto Old Moor to see the wood sandpiper, so a 2nd trip was organised. At first the wood sandpiper was finally located on the wader scrape but a little way out. He fed along the water line to almost close view when it flew off to my right. I had a hunch he went to the East hide and my hunch was spot on! Only this time he was even closer then on Tuesday's trip!!! Other highlights included a super close view of a juvenile lapwing, a mass flock of 30+ long tailed and blue tits with a willow warbler, 3 wigeon, a buzzard, black tailed godwit, greenshank, stock dove and green and common sandpipers. Species totalling 47 without visiting all the hides this time. Ta! P's, better wood sandpiper pictures will be posted here later (Inc. Flickr)biggrin

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A fabulous 5 hour wonder with 48 species seen and an additional 3 heard but just missed out. Highlights included a Wood sandpiper from the East hide. The sun was against at the time but went behind the clouds briefly as he made his way much closer- giving belting views! Also, a peregrine (female juvenile) spooked the lapwings and flew very low across the reserve right towards the hide very close!!!!! Other key highlights included a kingfisher, little ringed plover, superb close view of a little grebe, stock dove, redshank, greenshank, and both common and green sandpiper. I will try and attach pictures of the wood sandpiper here later! Ta!!! Ps. Curious, the wood sandpiper displayed interesting behaviour, when the peregrine was about and every other bird and wader was put up, the wood sandpiper partly buried itself in the mud and flattened it's body. Obviously this wader displays a different kind of defence strategy then most other waders.

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With High Peak RSPB group from 9.50-2.30

Highlight were 2 Spoonbill which flew over us on arrival

300 Golden Plover

Peregrine Falcon

6 Snipe

3 Green Sandpiper

Curlew

10 Linnet

Kingfisher

Sparrowhawk

Kestrel

Common Buzzard



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A good day out from 10.30-6.30pm 63 species seen.

No show from the little bittern but still some good birding.
1 bittern
1 great white egret
At least 6 little egret
1 wood sandpiper
7 green sandpiper
2 common sandpiper
1 wheatear
1 male redstart
2 common tern
2 kingfisher
4 dunlin
1 ringed plover
6 little ringed plover
1 greenshank
1 peregrine falcon
2 kestrel
Lots of lapwings & little grebes all around
2 great spotted woodpecker
1 shoveler
1 wigeon
8 snipe
Gadwall, teal, pochard & tufted duck
Chiffchaff & reed warbler
Plus all the usuals around biggrin

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RBA have a definite sighting on 28th July but a No Sign message today by 6.30pm at least.

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It was in last week's round up in the Birdguides newsletter, but I didn't look at the link to see the latest date for it.

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However she knew it seems like she was right as it was seen again today briefly in flight early morning.

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Mike Chorley wrote:

Rob Creek wrote:

Seems the Little Bittern was indeed still present but still doesn't explain how the girl knew, unless they'd seen it and not reported it.
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Maybe they'd heard it. biggrin



Maybe Mike and if so I still would've expected it to be on BirdGuides or the like, like they do with the Quail, Spotted Crake, etc

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Rob Creek wrote:

Seems the Little Bittern was indeed still present but still doesn't explain how the girl knew, unless they'd seen it and not reported it.
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Maybe they'd heard it. biggrin

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Seems the Little Bittern was indeed still present but still doesn't explain how the girl knew, unless they'd seen it and not reported it.
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Sunday 26th July.

With Steve Burke and Simon Gough, first time here for myself and Simon, cracking reserve I must add!

- Mute Swan
- Canada Geese family encompassing 2 well grown Greylag young
- Mallard - lots
- Gadwall - plenty around
- Teal - lots
- Wigeon - 2 eclipse drakes
- Shelduck - 1 only, well grown juvenile
- Northern Shoveler - 1 female flew in and landed infront of us
- Tufted Duck - 2 females with diving young, 2 males not with them
- Great Crested Grebe - 8
- Little Grebe - quite a few about
- Avocet - 1 only, youngster
- Redshank - plenty around
- Lapwing
- Oystercatcher - 1
- Green Sandpiper - 1 (calling also)
- Common Snipe - 1
- Common Sandpiper - possibly 3, definitely 2
- Black-tailed Godwit - plenty around
- Little Ringed Plover - 2 juveniles, may have been 1 adult that disappeared behind the island so juv's were ID'd
- Curlew - 1 flew over calling
- Little Egret - at least 5
- Grey Heron 2 (1 in a tree)
- Kingfisher - flying low over the pool
- Common Tern - 4 (2 adults, 2 well grown juv)
- Black-headed Gulls - lots, lots of juveniles too
- Lesser Black-backed Gulls - quite a few about
- Common Gull - 2 over
- Barn Owl - probable juvenile stood on nest box giving downy wings a stretch
- Kestrel - 1
- Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 in trees near reception
- Common Swift - at least a few 100
- Swallow - lots around
- House Martin - lots around
- Sand Martin - 1 at first then more near nest-holes, 1 with Juv's still in
- Chiffchaff - 1
- Reed Warbler - 1
- Sedge Warbler - few about, 1 adult up close within feet
- Tree Sparrow
- House Sparrow
- Linnet - 2 then another 2 ???
- Goldfinch - flock of around 50 birds very active
- Reed Bunting - 2 males
- Bullfinch - 1 near feeders
- Greenfinch - heard not seen
- Stock Dove - 1 up close
- Starling - approx 25-30
- lots of other usuals on site too

A few things of note...
-A great reserve and I noted the layout of the hides enabled good views of nearly all areas the exception being Bittern Screen, the access to which was blocked due to breeding of a Schedule 1 species.
-We were told the Little Bittern was still on site but they'd not seen it since Wednesday so I couldn't quite work that one out!
-we also heard a birder say at reception there was nothing really of note on the reserve whereas we had some great sightings.
-one last thing, we nearly didn't come to Yorkshire at all due to the bad weather forecast but we chanced it and got lucky as it didn't rain until 1pm but it was a light shower and remained that way for the afternoon and we were never far away from a hide so we were virtually dry all day, a chance well taken!


-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 27th of July 2015 12:50:40 PM

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Very busy today from 1.45-3.30:
Drake American Wigeon from Wath Ings hide
2 second view of the Little Bittern from viewing mound by Bittern Hide at 3.
Green Sandpiper
Kingfisher
2 Avocet with young
4 Common Tern
Plenty of Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler
Tree Sparrow
Stock Dove

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First visit today whilst over in Barnsley to visit the in-laws. Very impressed with the reserve.

Good mix of summer and a winer birds hanging around. Highlights

Flyby view of Bittern
Female Brambling
Mediterranean Gull ( in about 1,000 Black-Headed)
Swallow
8 Sand Martins
2 Chiffchaff
Yellowhammer ( coming to the feeding area)
6 Tree Sparrows

plus
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Shoveler
Wigeon
Gadwall
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker ( floe views at feeding station)
Reed Bunting
Greenfinch, Goldfinch,Bullfinch, Chaffinch
Lesser Redpoll
Redshank
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
plus lots of commoner stuff

Excellent reserve will be back especially once the Bitterns have bred.


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23rd February 2014

Overcast with stiff breeze

A full day spent here 10am to 4pm.

40 species in total

Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Collarded Dove
Coot
Cormorant
Gadwall
Golden Eye
Goldfinch
Goosander
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Pochard
Shelduck
Shoveler
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Teal
Tree Sparrow
Tufted Duck
Wigeon
Woodpigeon

The highlights of the day were the Pochard which were showing very close to the Wader Scrape hide and the Sparrowhawk that positioned itself on one of the feeders close to the reception window. Much to the delight of all the staff and visitors present smile

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Three hour visit this afternoon, filling in time after our morning at Broomhead Reservoir. First time here, nice little reserve. Amongst othere :-

Little Grebe (1), Grest crested Grebe (1), Wigeon (300+), Gadwall (100+), Teal (100+), Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye (1), Goosander (12), Peregrine (1), Lapwing, Snipe (2), Stock Dove (3), Redwing (1), Tree Sparrow (c.10), Bullfinch (2), Linnet, Reed Bunting.



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I took a peaceful stroll around RSPB Old Moor with my granddad Arthur

On the feeders in the car park:

A mixed flock of tits
2 Collared Doves
1 Kestrel chasing 2 Collared Doves the Kestrel managed to grab it by its talons but the Kestrel managed to set the Collared Dove free.

On the Mere I saw:
1 Juvenile Peregrine trying to catch a flock of 100+ Lapwings
1 Greenshank
100+ Comorants
4 Mute Swans
30+ Mallards
4 Teals
2 Goldeneyes
4 Tufted Ducks

Wader Scrape Hide near the Mere:
The Juvenile Peregrine was perched on the banking on the Mere
10 Canada Geese
1 Greylag Goose

Many thanks
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Today I went to RSPB Old Moor and I saw:

6 Goldfinches
4 Greenfinches
2 Bullfinch's
3 Great Tits
2 Blue Tits
1 Chaffinch
100+ Coots
20+ Mallards
10+ Comorants
5 Shovelers
4 Wigeons
1 Marsh Harrier
3 Kestrels
1 Peregrine
5+ Black-headed-Gulls
100+ Lapwings
20+ Golden Plovers.



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Marvellous day at Old Moor, Barnsley


Went down to RSPB Old Moor today and saw...

Pheasants
Magpies
Goldfinches
Lapwings
Golden Plovers
Mallards
Wigeons
Teals
Swans
Canada Geese
Black Headed Gulls
Pied Wagtails
Long-Tailed-Tits
Shovelers
Herons
Moorhens
Coots
Sparrowhawks
Peregrines and on the way home I saw...
Woodpigeons and Buzzards.




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RE: RSPB Old Moor


Bittern briefly from 'Bittern Watchpoint' at 3pm yesterday
Boomimg regularly still

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Bittern Hide

2 Bittern
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Fieldfare


Feeders
1 Willow Tit
2 Brambling
1 Yellowhammer
c10 Tree Sparrow
1 Stock Dove

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The "last of the summer wine" lads had a good day at Old Moor. Remembered my bins as well. Nearly bought a Viking 66ED scope - very nice.

Flocks of lapwings,starlings and plovers.
Brent Geese,
Swans
Great Tits
Blue Tits
Tree Sparrows
Green Finch
Goldfinch
Linnets
Grey Heron
Redshanks
Tufted
Shoveller
Goldeneye
Gadwall
Black H Gull
Loads of Goosanders
Sparrowhawk
Wigeon
Teal
Bullfinch
Coot
Cormorant

No Grebe, and did not see the Bittern.

Call at Broomhill Flash on the way back, and saw lot of the above.

Lucky with the weather. Fine until about 3pm when we went to the reedbed hide


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