Bank Holiday Monday and after a long weekend it was time to play out our visit was again down to Old Moor RSPB in the vain hope of a few Hawkers.
The walk from the car park along the car park hedges produced a couple of Common Darter enjoying the limited sunshine as we made our move towards Warbler Way for the first part of the day. Large White and Common Blue Butterflies were soon evident as we strolled along the Trans Pennine Trial
We soon encountered more Common Darters along with a couple of rather worn Meadow Brown Butterflies and some smart-looking Small Coppers with Common Blue Damselflies in and amongst.
The second part of the day we spent on the reserve seeing some bird life which started before the reception centre with someone don’t know how they did it but they did because they were well hidden in the nearby tree 2 Tawny Owls which became the centre of attention for a lot of people. On to the reserve and from the wader and family hides there was good numbers of Little Grebes and Coots along with lesser numbers of Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Canada Geese, Cormorant, the Sand Martins were still very much evident near the man made banking and we saw a single Common Swift over the reserve. Waders in attendance were Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Lapwing, and Greenshank.
Sitting in hides wasn’t finding any Hawkers so we decided on coffee and then back to the pond dipping pools to see if we could find any hawkers, as we made our way back for coffee I encountered my first Emerald Damselfly for the year a beautiful Male. After coffee and cake it was on to the pond dipping pools and Common Darters were again soon encountered, but it wasn’t till we had nearly finished walking around the pools that my wife pointed out a larger Dragonfly, this turned out to be a Male Migrant Hawker, patrolling his territory and soon after this we picked out a Female Migrant Hawker in the reed bed egg laying, but she turned out to be a bit camera-shy hiding herself behind the reed stems. Well we enjoyed one hawker for the day maybe September will bring some more.
The Day List :-
Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Gatekeeper, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Lapwing, Cormorant, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove,m Magpie, Crow, Starling, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Black Headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Swift, Tawny Owl (2)