May Day - Sightings, 1 May

Old Moor & Dearne Valley

Old Moor & Dearne Valley
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May Day - Sightings, 1 May

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Hi Folks! Detached, spacious, two-storey abode, finished to the highest standard with incredible views – no, I’m not trying to sell my house, I’m describing the new hide at Broomhill Flash. In case you missed it, our friends at The Garganey Trust have rebuilt the hide at Broomhill and it is now open for viewings. And lovely it is too, though I did feel I ought to kick my shoes off when I entered!

Bigger than my house - the new hide at Broomhill Flash!

So, let’s start today’s sightings from Broomhill. Today there were a pair of great crested grebe, swallow, swift, house martin, sand martin, two oystercatcher, a peregrine, a buzzard, gadwall, tufted duck, kestrel, little grebe, a shoveler, a pair of whitethroats and a hobby.

And the inside? Here's three happy customers testing out the facilities.

Mr Smith reported that at Adwick Washland were two goosander, two oystercatcher, eighteen avocet, twenty-five (or more) redshank, two ringed plover, four dunlin, three swift and three lesser whitethroat. Thanks Nigel!

The early birds at Old Moor might have seen eight avocet, a Mediterranean gull, a little egret, a bittern, one pintail, a barn owl, a pair of tawny owls, a little ringed plover, a goosander, a common sandpiper, one Cetti’s warbler and five lesser whitethroat. Meanwhile there were three grasshopper warblers over at Bolton Ings.

From Old Moor’s Bird Garden today there were sightings of bullfinch, magpie, great tit, greenfinch, woodpigeon, chaffinch, tree sparrow, blackcap, grey squirrel, rabbit and hedgehog. That’s the first official hedgepig this year folks and I’m very glad to say that Ian Butler was on hand to record the moment.

A charming hedgehog in the Bird Garden by Ian Butler. Thanks Ian!

At about 1pm today there was a sighting of a bittern flying from the reedbeds towards Bolton way. Also seen on the Reedbed Trail today were pochard, mallard, gadwall, mute swan, little grebe with two chicks, great crested grebe (a pair), swift, water rail, yellow wagtail, moorhen with chicks and coot with cootlets.

On the Wader Scrape today were avocet, little egret, pintail, goosander, common sandpiper, Med. gull and little ringed plover.

A beautiful linnet by Ian Unwin. Thanks Ian!

Isabelle reported that at Wath Ings today you could see common sandpiper, a pair of shelduck, four oystercatcher, three redshank as well as gadwall, shoveler, snipe, dunlin and lapwing. Thanks Isabelle!

On Green Lane today were blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, goldfinch, robin and a speckled wood butterfly.

I shall leave you tonight with a last image from Ian Unwin of a beautiful chiffchaff (I think). Thanks Ian!

Until next time.

  • Having looked again at the chiffchaff (?), Mr Unwin is not bad with a camera either! ;-) A superb photo. :-) :-)

  • Ah, what can I say chaps - Mr Butler is a pro! And yes, Bridgey, when I walked into the hide it had that 'new home' smell and I thought I'd got the address wrong!

  • New hide looks good, love the photo's

  • I didn't spot the property on Rightmove! Looks superb. :-)

    Love Ian's hedgehog photo. :-)