Wombwell and Old Moor

Today I decided on a tour of Old Moor and Wombwell Ings..Wombwell being next door to Old Moor I had decided stopping here first on the report of a few waders going thru. It was a cold start, wish had brought my gloves, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were the first birds to encounter as I parked the car up on the bridge across from the Old Moor tavern, walked across the playing field and on to the reserve. Canada, Greylag Geese, Lapwing were in the fields along with a singing Skylark, from the hide Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Redshank, then a cb call of a Red Kite flying towards us had everyone escaping from the hide and looking upwards to find it flying gracefully and being mopped by crows. Back in the hide we mopped up on Little Ringed Plover (2) and Bar tailed Godwit which came down in front of the hide to give us good close views of these birds.

Wombwell List ;- LR Plover Bar tailed Godwit, Redshank, Lapwing, Skylark, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Red Kite, Black headed Gull, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Mallard, Blackcap, Woodpigeon, Sand martin, Swallow, House Martin

On then to Old Moor RSPB to see the Mediterranean Gulls, Bittern (booming every 10mins or so), Swallows and Sand Martins overhead, but it turned into an insect session at Old Moor with the countless Gorse Shield-bugs about, a couple of Sloe (Hairy) Shields thrown in, lots of Gorse Weevils, Common Carder Bees, along with Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-tip, Large White and Brimstone Butterflies, but no Damselflies as yet even thou reported from other sites around Yorkshire

Gorse Shield Bug

Green Sheild Bug

Sloe Shield Bug

Hairy Sheild Bug

Gorse Weevil

Gorse Weevil

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