Trip reports

Car Trip - Sunday 6TH August 2017

Car Trip - Sunday 6TH August 2017
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Monday, 25 September 2017

7 of us turned up at the usual Springwood Car Park setting off point on a fairly sunny and quite warm morning. After a discussion, it was decided to set off for the newly re-opened St Aiden's RSPB reserve, which would be a new venue for some on this trip. Arriving at 9:15, it doesn't take long to get there at all, we quickly found that one of the young Little Owls was visible inside the compound that encloses the giant dragline machine. The owl showed well to all in our group and was an excellent start.
We walked towards the reed beds and on the way sighted many Sand Martins, quite a few Swift and Common Tern fishing plus a Kestrel over the hillside. A distant male Marsh Harrier was also sighted flying towards the reed bed and actually was seen to land within it. Other birds noted on this walk where; Sparrow hawk, Reed Warbler, Little Egret and Buzzard. Not many waders were around and in fact we only had two; Lapwing & Curlew. After our pleasant walk, we took lunch around the centre then set off for Old Moor.
Old Moor certainly provided more waders and in the end we had excellent sightings of; one Wood Sandpiper at Wath Ings together with several Green Sandpiper, one Dunlin, two Black Tailed Godwit and quite a few Redshank. From the Wader Scrape Hide we also added a couple of Ringed Plover. Other birds noted on the reserve were Common Tern, Little Egret & Grey Heron.
All in all a very pleasant day out at two very good Yorkshire RSPB reserves.
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Text David Hemingway Picture Robert Haigh