Has it Started to Snow Yet? - Sightings 12th August

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Has it Started to Snow Yet? - Sightings 12th August

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Hello there, my title is what I thought that lovely visitor Richard (of mobility scooter fame) had said this afternoon as we were in the Wader Scrape Hide. I couldn't believe my ears! And it turned out that I really couldn't  believe my ears as he'd actually said... 'I haven't seen a little egret yet.' Very similar, I know. :)

Here's Richard wiping down the mobility scooter as it got rather wet in a short, but very heavy, downpour this afternoon. 

Everyone I have spoken to who has been using one of our new mobility scooters has only had good things to say. Linda told me today that the new scooter means that she can stay in the hide a bit longer and not miss her bus because it goes faster that the old ones.... I'm saying nothing!

On to the sightings today and I'll start with the book.

21 little egrets roosted last night and that's probably including 'FJ' as I saw FJ on the Wader Scrape today. If you're looking for 'FJ' then look at the legs of the little egret to seem if there are any colour rings. If one leg has a green ring and another a red/orange ring with the letters 'FJ,' then that's the one.

Also seen on the Wader Scrape today were: a wood sandpiper, 2 redshank, argumentative Canada Geese, 6 mute swans, 2 little egrets, 2 common sandpipers, linnets, starlings, pied wagtails, a cream crown marsh harrier and a juv kestrel that put on a great show for all watchers. It hovered around the scrape, sometimes near the hide and landed a lot.

Here's said Kes in one of the landings it did.

Wath Ings today: When I was there a peregrine had flown through and cleared it pretty much. Earlier however there were sightings of: 21 little egrets leaving the roost, 8 green sandpipers, 3 dunlin, 2 greenshank, 2 redshank, one oystercatcher, 3 yellow wagtails, a grey heron, a peregrine, a kestrel, garganey, greylags, a common tern and this barn owl that assistant warden Karen saw as she checked the fences at the back of Wath Ings this morning.

4 garganey were on the Mere this morning along with 2 common sandpipers, lapwing, cormorants, gadwall and Canada Geese.

A hobby was seen over Bolton and the wood sandpiper was also on the Field Pools today.

2 green woodpeckers were seen from the reedbed path and there were also sightings of 4 kingfisher (including the bittern hide), a wheatear and linnets. 2 kestrel, a buzzard and a sparrowhawk were seen from the reedbed hide and later on, a female sparrowhawk was seen from the Bittern Hide.

A stoat was spotted near the Family Hide and a peacock butterfly was feeding on the buddleia in the playground.

Seeing as we are now in the Tree Sparrow Farm area, I'm wondering if you've noticed what's growing there? Also on the patch on the right by the oak trees as you walk up towards the Family Hide. I asked Karen about this planting. She told me that it's called a 'Sacrificial Crop.' It's grown specifically for birds to eat and that sunflowers were planted. Very soon they will all be flowering at Old Moor and I reckon it will look stunning. There is also a sacrificial crop at Adwick which is flowering beautifully.

Volunteer Paul Gould shared his photo of it from Adwick on Twitter this week. Thank you Paul.

I found a couple of sunflowers in flower in the Tree Sparrow Farm....Do look out for them.

Also, I don't know if you have noticed how lovely the apples to the left of the TSF are looking just now? Martin Dodd noticed & shared his photo of one on our FB page. Thank you Martin.

That's it from the book today. The forecast tomorrow is for lots of sunshine so do come and visit.

As I left OM this evening I walked past the lavender, its fragrance filled the air and a fair few bees were feeding on it. Great plant!

Enjoy your evening, Andrew tomorrow.

  • Hi See-gull, I have asked & hopefully the answer will be forthcoming very soon. I can tell you that it's a Yorkshire variety.

  • Good blog Nicola - another busy one for sightings. The Adwick sunflowers look lovely.

  • Great blog as ever Nicola, the sunflowers will be a lovely addition to the landscape. Do you know if the TSF apples are a named variety? Its a question that came up when we were there the other week.

  • Nice to meet you both today Sandra, hope you got a few macro pics :)

  • I also heard good thing about the new mobility scooters - and met a happy Richard. Fab blog Nicola, another great day at old Moor :)