Old Moor RSPB

With the jobs done and out of the awy in the morning we rewarded ourselves with a trip out to Old Moor in the vain hope that we would get to see some Dragonflies for our day menu. After having our sandwiches on arrival we made our way on to the reserve with our first stop being the feeders to catch up on some common bird species Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Robin, Dunnock, Great Tit and Blue Tit all made a good start to the day. The nettle bed favoured by Damselflies had been chopped down since our last visit so we made our way to the pond dipping pools. Dragonflies were proving difficult to find there was the odd 6 Spot Burnet Moth about but it wasn’t until the last pond that a Dragonfly flew past, then another, on counting there was two Four Spotted Chasers, Brown Hawker with a Common Darter joining them, they were beautiful to watch and at one point buzzed us whilst we stood on the bridge over looking them, fantastic, taht lead us nicely into a coffee break.

Four Spotted Chaser

Brown Hawker

After coffee we made our way down towards Green lane firstly passing the big pond on the left were we found a Emperor Dragonfly great start to part 2 of the day. On Green lane we watched Azure Damselflies, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Blue Tailed and Common Blue Damselflies, we did finally hit the wader scrape hide to find Oh yes some birds Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Little Grebe and Pied Wagtail to name but a few , a great day out

The Species List fot the day in no particular order :-

Woodpigeon, Oystercatcher, Tree Sparrow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Collard Dove, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Cormorant, Starling, Canada Goose, Common Tern, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Swift, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Crow, Greylag Goose, Little Grebe, Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, 6 Spot Burnet Moth, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Green Veined White, Small Skipper, Comma, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue Tailed damselfly, Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four Spotted Chaser

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