Trip reports

Old Moor RSPB and Anglers CP

Old Moor RSPB and Anglers CP
Shoveler - Steve Settle

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What should have been a coach trip was changed to a car trip because of lack of numbers, with all those who had booked on the coach being offered a seat in a car.

First stop was Anglers Country Park just to the South of Wakefield.
Here we had a walk round along the west side of the lake. The small lake near the visitor's centre had dried up only Reed Bunting and Great Spotted Woodpecker were about.
The main lake gave us sightings of what would be expected with nothing unusual.
The ducks comprised of Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Goldeneye. A few Great Crested Grebe were dotted about and on the far bank you could see Lapwing and Oystercatcher at rest. A couple of Common Gull were in with the Black Headed Gulls and a few Lesser Black Backed gulls were on the water.
On the way back on the margins of the dried up pond we were treated to a Frog's chorus.
On returning to the car park we decide to do the short walk to Haws Wood, where we had had Crossbill on our last visit, but sadly we only added Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Siskin, Chaffinch, and Redpoll to our list.

We then drove to Old Moor RSPB, where the first thing was to have lunch. Most had brought a sandwich lunch, but a couple availed themselves of the excellent Sunday lunch offered by the café here.

Around the visitors centre we Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk take their turns patrolling the sky. Some Stock Doves passes over and some Redwing and Mistle Thrush made use of the power lines.
A Bittern had been seen earlier but unfortunately it didn't show for us, with the Reed Beds offering nothing of interest, certainly nothing new for the day.

A walk down to the main hides provided us with a few new birds for the day in the shape of Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Goosander, Cormorant, Shoveler and Shelduck on the water. On the waters edges were a few Little Egrets and the odd Grey Heron. Some Redshank slept on one of the island and a few Snipe occasionally showed themselves

The feeding stations held a number of finch species - Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, House Sparrow and Tree Sparrow - along with the more common Robins, Dunnocks and Tit species, along with the scavenging Pheasants.

Checking the viewing log we noted that there were a pair of Garganey at Adwick Pools. This was only a couple of miles away so we headed there.
We walked the length of the pools seeing a few distant Avocet, some Little Egret, and some Teal and Wigeon.
We talked to a couple of other birders, but alas, the Garganey hadn't been seen since morning despite extensive searching. So, as we prepared to call it a day, the pair of Garganey suddenly appeared on the water having crept out of the Juncas grass.
Everyone was happy.
Time to go home!

62 species seen in total.