Monthly Archives: February 2017

Old Moor RSPB

December 30th 2016 was the last visit to Old Moor then most of the water was frozen but today was more like spring bird watching without gloves makes a welcome change.

Arriving about 10am I was soon picking up things like Goldfinch, Robin, Dunnock and Blue Tit in the car park. First port of call was the garden were birds like Great Tit, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Robin could be seen the highlight here was a splendid Male Great Spotted Woodpecker.

On then the to Tree Sparrow farm where Collard Dove, Reed Bunting, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Dunnock were seen but not my target for the day.

Next port of call was the family hide and on the way there I picked up a large amount of small birds near the large tree, here I saw Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrows, Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and a female Brambling. On at the Family Hide where Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gulls were seen along with lots of Lapwing, and Starlings. Cormorant were plenty with wildfowl like Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Goldeneye all seen, highlight today from here was a single Mediterranean Gull. 

On at the Field Pool west hide were Blackbirds, Shovelers, Gadwall, Teal, Greylag Geese, Mute Swan, and Wigeon

Lunch break was followed by a return to the Wader Scrap Hide where I picked up Pochard a single Female Pintail, Little Grebe and the Mediteranean Gull again, also nice to see piping Oystercatchers

Last port of call today was Wath Ings Hide, on the walk down here I picked up a single Fieldfare and a Song Thrush. From Wath Ings I could see more Gadwall, Shoveler, Lapwing, Starlings but new for the day were Common Snipe, Grey Heron and a calling Green Woodpecker.

On the way back I also found a single Goldcrest on Green Lane, I also decided on a final stop off at the Tree Sparrow Farm hopefully for my target bird it took a while for it to show but show it did, female at first then the splendid looking males standing well out amongst the crowd of other birds, sorry nearly forgot to say what it was  ….Yellowhammer simple but a fantastic looking bird

So Birds for today were ;

Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mediterranean Gull, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pintail ♀, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Song Thrush, Starling, Stock Diove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Yellowhammer

Cormorant

 

Cormorant

Yellowhammer

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Alkborough Flats

After the morning jobs  I decided on a run out to Alkborough Flats which is based in North Lincolnshire at the junction of the River Trent and Humber across from the RSPB Blacktoft Sands Reserve.,

Eventually arrived a t noon and settled into the first hide were there was a lot of action going on from plenty of Lapwing (collectively known as a desert), great to see so may in flight. Other birds on looking around were Dunlin (6), Black tailed Godwit, Redshank, Spotted Redshank (7),  and then a very brief view of a Water Rail as it  came out of the reeds and as quickly as it came it went, a couple of Snipe were harder to see. Wildfowl seen were Mallard, Shelduck, Teal and a single male Wigeon

Made my way down to the next hide seeing Stonechat (♂♀) as I went about 300 Starling in the nearby field a skein of about a 1000 Barnacle geese, overhead I managed to pick up a Common Buzzard as it made its way across the reserve, Curlews were calling, Little Egrets were in flight and dropping into the reeds. Down at the far hide Marsh Harriers were easy to pick up at Blacktoft Sands, Herring, Common, Black headed and Great Black Backed Gulls were making the way down the Humber, Lapwings were here also but they had a few Golden Plovers mixed in, Cormorants were lounging about on rocks and posts, the day had come to an end no Short eared Owls or Barn Owls to finish off with but a Tawny Owl was calling from the wood as I left

Birds Today ; Barnacle Goose, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Great Black Backed Gull, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Pheasant, Redshank, Robin, Shelduck, Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Stonechat, Tawny Owl, Teal, Water Rail, wigeon

Lapwings

Lapwings

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Black Redstart

Eastern Black RedstartThat should be Eastern Black Redstart a bird that was gracing us from lands far away (residing in Central Asia and wintering in East Africa) and has been on Yorkshire (or is that Cleveland) shores at Skinningrove since late October 2016 and has been an internet celebrity since.

I arrived on site at about 11am and parked just off Marine Terrace in a small car park close to the beck and made my way along Cleveland Way towards the jetty seeing Bar tailed Godwit, Black headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Rock Pipits, and Redshank along the way.

I went thru the gap along the jetty to the beach area and stayed along the side of the jetty, this is where the bird was last seen (along the boulders place at the side of the jetty) whilst waiting for it to show I picked up Fulmar (on the cliff face), Dunnock, a few Robins and a few Turnstones. It wasn’t long before I was joined by other people and with extra eyes the Eastern Black Redstart was soon picked up along the boulders, a stunning bird to see with its orange belly and black back, we soon had great photo opportunities has it came within close quarters. Here’s a a blog post from A.W. Birder in 2011 giving the various Redstarts CLICK

Video of Eastern Black Redstart HERE

Cant stay for ever so one my way back to the car park I picked up Stonechats (♂,♀), more Rock Pipits, Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers and Wren

After Skinningrove I stopped off at RSPB Saltholme, basically because I’ve never been and I was in the  area, so I had a quick walk around just to get a feel of the place.

It’s a big place, you need a full day to get the benefits of it, café on site always need one of these, and plenty of birds and hides to stop off in, tried searching for the roosting Long eared Owl here to no avail

Birds List from Skinningrove :- Bat tailed Godwit, Black Redstart (Eastern), Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Common Gull, Dunnock, Fulmar, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Magpie, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Turnstone, Wren

Bird List for RSPB Saltholme :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Great black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Linnet, Little Egret, Magpie, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Shoveler, Starling, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon

Eastern Black Redstart

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Turnstone

Turnstone