Has you can see from the blog its been a while since I’ve been out and about so I decided to grab the bull by the horns and a couple of hours at Old Moor. The day was dry, fine, bit of a chill in the wind but it was nice, no gloves needed.
Our first course of action was down to the new viewing area for the Bitterns, the Bittern hide has now been removed, the Reedbed Screen has been removed and placed across the, what was the pathway to the Bittern Hide at the path junction, the path beyond this has been dug up and is now flooded and there is now no access beyond this point. The birds we saw around this area were Kestrel up on the first pylon seems to be a favourite perching place, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen,Gadwall and Mallard on the open water.
Of course the place to see most water birds is at the Family Hide here we could see lots of Lapwings but no Golden Plovers with them, Cormorants, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Canada Geese, Little Grebe, Linnets hopping between the islands, Black headed Gulls flying around making their usual noise.
On then to the field pool hide but this was full so we diverted to the Wath Ings hide here we found more wildfowl and a single Redshank.
Our final call was at the Tree Sparrow Farm and here we found Long tailed Tit, Redwing, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Starling
Mute Swan from Field Pool Hide