Trip reports

Car Trip - Waders - 4th August 2019

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk
Black tailed Godwit RSPB Images

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Four of us attended this summer car trip and so using one car we set of first for RSPB Blacktoft Sands and then in the afternoon moved to RSPB Old Moor.

Blacktoft had a reasonable selection of waders including Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin, Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper. An eclipse Garganey was tricky but a little easier when we got mys cope on it. I initially misidentified a fast flying falcon as a Hobby, however when it came round again giving very close views it was clearly a juvenile Peregrine Falcon trying out its hunting technique, which proved unsuccessful! Also here were a total of 15 Spoonbill, including two birds that were practising mating. Perhaps they will be breeding at the reserve in the next few years, I do hope so.

At Old Moor there was a splendid Great Egret with a close by Little Egret showing the considerable size difference. 2 Common Sandpiper were new waders for the day as was Oystercatcher. Common Tern was also seen and another Peregrine Falcon was seen and proceeded to terrorise most of the birds from the Wath Ings Hide!

Although 8 waders for the day is not particularly high it was still a good birding day out in Yorkshire and enjoyed by all four of us.