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Called in here for the second stage of our Tour de Yorkshire this morning. The Glossy Ibis showed reasonably well and was mostly active. There was a single Avocet seen from the Wader Scrape hide, with a minimum of 3 Common Terns present among the Black-headed Gulls. 1 Tree Sparrow seen from the car park but we didn't go round to the viewing screen for the 'Tree Sparrow Farm' so that in itself shouldn't be taken as evidence of a dramatic decline. A Bearded Tit put in a very brief appearance while most people were concentrating on photographing the Ibis

Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada and Greylag Geese
Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard,
Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull (one of which successfully predated a Black-headed chick and swallowed it in flight
Woodpigeon, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (1 heard),
Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow,
Great Tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch,

Bus pass birdin' great innit?

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Originally posted by Phil greenwood today:

Friday, November 8th.

Fieldfare 20
Golden Plover 120+
Goosander 1m 1f
Kestrel 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Bittern 1 fleeting, distant view...better than nothing!
Little Grebe 1
Bullfinch 2
Linnet 6+
Plenty of the usual winter duck species, except Pintail and Shelduck.

Only down side was Flixton to the reserve, 1hr. 40mins. That's OK, but return was 2 and half hours to do 55 miles, due to hideous traffic at Glossop and along the M60. Possibly due to it being a Friday afternoon.


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A day out with 'Little Riggers' to get one of his target birds.

The long staying Spoonbill was in its usual position.

Also a nice selection of waders including:-

Wood Sandpiper
12 Green Sandpiper
3 Ruff
2 Greenshank
6 Dunlin
2 Black-tailed Godwit
350 Lapwing

No sign of the Night Heron while we were there.

4 hrs hard core, non stop birding and didn't go anywhere near the cafe-honest smile


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Sorry, I know nothing about the roost. I'm not a regular visitor to the site and, when I'm there, tend to concentrate on the waders.

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Any sign of the Long-eared Owl roost starting yet this winter, Steve? A wee bit early but know of a Kent one that has birds in it now.


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Sunday was so bright and sunny that we abandoned the bathroom decorating and drove over to Old Moor - where it was dull, grey and foggy

Despite this we had a good day's birdwatching:

over 1000 Golden Plover, almost as many Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and a solitary Dunlin. Plus all the usual wildfowl and what I'm sure was a Cetti's Warbler singing away in the undergrowth by the Wader Scrape Hide.

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Great day's birding yesterday on this lovely reserve.

On the feeders in the garden:
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Reed Bunting
(plus more usual stuff)
Tree Sparrows aplenty in the 'Tree Sparrow farm'

Wader scrape hide:
*Black necked grebe*
Common tern

Went to edderthorpe flash to look for bittern. no joy there, but a lovely Green Woodpecker made up for that.

and all in glorious sunshine for a change..

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bittern news

the chicks have now been sighted climbing up the reeds to get to the mother, there appears to be 3 young present. i did 1.45pm till 3.45 pm on the watch point on thursday and had 4 sightings of the mother flying from one place to another in the reed bed, it's certainly worth a visit.

plenty of usual other species, avocets with young
little ringed and ringed plover.


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Quick visit this am, failed to see the Bittern, but there is a watchpoint set up, and the news is that the eggs have hatched. Was seen in flight twice yesterday.
Many species were seen. Highlights:
Ringed Plover
100's of Martins/Swifts
Reed Warblers
Lesser Whitethroat
Tree Sparrows and Bullfinches on feeders
Reed Bunting
Many young about of various species.


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Had a great half an hour watching the Yellowhammers in the carpark, cracking little birds!

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Old Moor:

A couple of Yellowhammers were present in the carpark along with reed buntings, tree sparrows and a mallard.

huge amounts of sand martin now around the reserve, on the mere were pochards, gadwall, redshank, tufted ducks, and the usual,

there were two avocet on the wader scrape, although someone informed me there were two more which were just keeping their heads down.

sadly no Bittern For me

on wath ings, 4 little grebe, 2 redshank and some gadwall

to broomhill flash,

not much moving apart from a green sandpiper and c.150 woodpigeon


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bitterns a booming.
it's only a young un at the mo and so not very loud comparatively, but it's old moors first one and if you've never heard one before it's definitely worth a visit to hear it as it's a prolific boomer both early and late

also 2 sand martin and the first swallow of the year for me so the day was rather good right till me lens blew up


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This Morning:-

Nine hardy members of Bolton RSPB braved the Yorkshire Motorway FOG patches,
To visit OLD MOOR (RSPB) nature reserve.
Mist on the reserve gave way to sunshine at midday.

BH Gulls----c100
Common Gull--- 8
Shell Duck----2
Mute Swans---2
Tufted Duck---8
Green Sandpiper---1
Coot ---c50
Moorhen ---c30
GC Grebe----2
Little Grebe---3
Mallards ----c30
Canada Geese---c 20

Barn Owl ---1 on post
Cetti's Warbler----1
+I missed it again!
Water Rail----1
Linnets ---6
Tree Sparrows----9
Greenfinch---24 (looking well fed.)
LT Tits----7
Great Tits----c 15
Blue Tits---4
Pied Wagtail---1
GS Woodpecker----1
Reed Bunting-----5
Stock Doves----8
Collared Doves---2
Carrion Crows---c30
Magpies c50
Blackbirds---c 20
Woodpigeons----A few




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a new place for me,here all day 9.30-4.30pm.
no signs off the water pipit or jack snipe (for me anyway) water pipit was reported early morning.
birds seen...
3000+golden plovers,great to see & i believe the flocks get larger.
hundreds off lapwings
1 common snipe
1 ringed plover
1 common sandpiper
2 green sandpipers
11 dunlin
2 redshanks
little stint was sighted (but not by me)
+ all usual ducks, swans, geese & lots off little grebes around.
50+ pink footed goose over,south
30+ fieldfares over
1 kingfisher
2 kestrels
2 buzzards
3 sparrowhawks, great view off a female sat on post just above where the snipe was, the snipe just bobbed down & sparrowhawk eventually flew off with nowt.
7 redpolls
1 willow tit
1 great spotted woodpecker
lots off birds around feeders mostly greenfinches + chaffinches,bullfinches + usual tits & tree sparrows.
also plenty off linnets around.

great day out


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very pleasant afternoon at Old Moor. Highlights included:

3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank (none of which were on the Wader Scrape - can these birds not read )

Yellow Wagtail (juv), Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher.

Shoveler, Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted and Mallard all with young. One Pintail.

Lost count of the number of Little Grebes.

Good numbers of Gatekeeper butterflies and plenty of botanical interest.

Last, but no means least: scone with jam and cream in the cafe!


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Unsucessful trip over the tops first thing this morning, knew I should have gone yesterday! Watching a Short-eared Owl hunting and feeding 2 chicks over Woodhead this morning was some consolation.


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26/05/2011 - A mad dash over the pennines to beat the growing darkness in the evening with Phil Owen produced good views of the Least Sandpiper from the Wader Scrape Hide. It had been reidentified from a Temminck's Stint present since the afternoon only. Feeding on it's own for the majority of the time, on a few occasions it joined up with some (relatively giant) Dunlins for good size comparison! Also seen on a brief wander around the reserve were:

8 Gadwalls
2 Mediterranean Gulls
c300 Black-headed Gulls
1 Avocet
1 Ringed Plover
4 Dunlins
6 Redshanks
100+ Swifts
5 Linnets


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went for another mooch round old moor yesterday on the off chance that the stone curlew might still be around, but no joy.

birds of note for the day were avocet 4
common tern 4

little ringed plover 3 and ringed plover 2

hobby 2
dunlins 4
ruff 1

and plenty of the usual stuff

46 species for the day plus the usual high standard of the cake in the cafe made for a thoroughly enjoyable time


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started off on wombwell ings

1 lesser white throat
and a pair of blackcaps
6 yellow wagtails
avocet, redshank, oystercatchers
plenty of ducks
teal, gadwall,mallard, tufties
greylag and canada geese
3 wren singing along the river bank

lots of other usual species and plenty of sand martin and swallow.
song thrush and a couple of sky larks.

on gypsy marsh

2 annoying gropper which wouldn't show,
a pair of snipe
sedge warbler, whitethroat,willow warbler, reed warbler, reed bunting

old moor itself

a couple of long staying med gulls on the mere hundreds of black headed gulls.

some nice plumage on the linnets, whitethroat and plenty of willow warbler.

then all the usual suspects which you would normally see on a visit here.


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First visit yesterday ,03/02/11 , 11:30-14:30... Bright and breezy .
Birds seen...
Chaffinch,greenfinch ,brambling,blue,great and long-tailed tits from first hide ..
Loads of tree sparrows ,reed bunting,yellowhammer and more chaffinch from screen.
Marsh tit between hides .
On mere ...several Gadwall,widgeon ,tufties ,coot ,mallard , three goldeneye ,two pochard , mute swans . Flock of 40+ linnet , with lapwings and starlings on island no.1 . Kestrel perched on owl nesting box.
Stock doves , Heron and large flock of yellowhammers on way to Bittern hide , plus first wasp of the year !!!
All in all ,a very enjoyable day , and a great reserve , will definitely return there ...
Cheers Chris


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Nice day there today, but a bit nippy.

Not alot doing, but at from the screen, we saw, Brambling and Yellowhammers as well as Tree Sparrows, Greenfinch, and Chaffinch, so that was nice.

Broomhill was quite good. We enjoyed the Goldenye,Snipe and Red legged Partridge


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Old Moor today...

No sign of reported Bittern or Water Rail cry.gif
Good numbers of Greenshank, Golden Plover, Little Grebe and Lapwing.
A couple of Snipe and Ruff also present.

I've never seen so many Dragonflies...100's!


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A visit to Old Moor today

Great selection of waders around

Spotted Redshank
Curlew Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Black Tailed Godwit
Ringed Plover
Golden Plover

Other highlights included

Little Egret
Little Grebe with two very small chicksaww.gif
2 Willow Tits at the feeders
Good numbers of Hirundines passing through

Broomhill also had a good number of birds

Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Stock Dove close views
50+ Goldfinch, lots of juveniles
1 Ruff and 5 Reeve made a brief stop off before flying in the direction of Old Moor

Also good numbers of duck at both places

Always worth a visit and invariably a great selection of waders and wildfowl at this time of yearsmile.gif

Not forgetting the family parties of Red Grouse on the moor at the side of Woodhead on the way overbiggrin.gif

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First visit to Old Moor to snaffle a long overdue first Broad-billed Sandpiper. Nice reserve.


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Must be only us that gosmile.gif
It was nice to see young lapwing/redshank and greylag.

A close up of a whitethroat and a sedge warbler from the bottom hide, and a willow warbler on the way down.


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We all arrived this morning, and apart from the usual stuff, we had yellowhammers,Linnets and a water rail.
At Wombwell we saw a number of grey partiridge, chasing each other all over the ground. Very nice to see.


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We Three + one were here again, and once moor(sic) the rain held off. First stop was the Cafe hide for a bacon Barm.smile.gif
It was a good day. Just round the corner from the feeder hide, we spied a Green Woodpecker. A first I think for one of us. The bottom hide was the most fruitful, with peregrine falcon causing the mixed flock of lapwings and Golder Plover to rise. Common and Green Sandpiper were seen, plus Redshank, with all the usual stuff plus a Kingfisher, and loads of Linnets.

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Friday 13th of November 2009 06:20:50 PM


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We four had a good day at the above plus broomhill. The bottom hide at OM was packed, and so was the water, but the crake did not show up till after we had got back to the shop.
Best views of Snipe I have ever had from both places, along with various sandpipers. Just a jolly good day rounded off with an amazing view through a guy's 77mm Leica with a 30x ww angled e.p.


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appreciating the compliment Riggers ta wink.gif

sorry about the car (ooops)...

as a peace offering,you can sit in my NEW CAR BOUGHT I TODAY (YIPPEEEEEE)!!!!...biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

oh and Warfy's still muttering about not choosing his own bap disbelief.gif


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I must say I am very disappointed in you Mr Riggers. A joke about bread?! I expected something far smuttier wink.gif


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Sorry rob, i must apologise for mr.potters mucky mind. The reference to baps was a private joke between warfy and myself. Whilst sampling a breakfast bap at old moor, melanie ordered warfys on brown, much to his disgust! It was not a reference to ladies breasts, big or small!

-- Edited by Mark Rigby on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 11:36:14 AM


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Matt Potter wrote:

I prefer any bap, especially big ones!! biggrin.gifwink.gif

-- Edited by Matt Potter on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 10:48:17 AM

Am I missing something here? Is "bap" some kind of euphemism that I'm not aware of?


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I prefer any bap, especially big ones!! biggrin.gifwink.gif

-- Edited by Matt Potter on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 10:48:17 AM


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A South Yorkshire jaunt with Mr.Chorley.

As we were waiting for the Crake to show, along came a Young Warford and an even younger Melaniebiggrin.gif

Warfy puts his bins to his eyes and cry's "there it is!"disbelief.gif

Birds seen:-

Spotted Crake-Edderthorpe Flash.
Pec Sand and 6 Greenshank-Wombwell.
Curlew Sand and Osprey-Old Moor.

And a nice breakfast bap and coffee in the cafe at Old Moor.hungry.gif I find a white bap is best! rofl.gif

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