Trip reports

Outing to Old Moor - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

On a cool Sunday in December, the local group took their last trip of 2019. Old Moor is an RSPB reserve in the Dearne Valley up the A1 near Barnsley. It is well appointed with hides, screens, good paths, shop, café and visitor centre.

Once off the coach, members went their separate ways. A small group started at the feeders, where various small birds were seen, including robin, blue tit, bullfinch, reed bunting, chaffinch and a female pheasant.

Moving onto the reedbed hide via the "bittern bus stop" (a small shelter halfway round), various water birds were spotted including pochard, gadwall, lapwing, goldeneye, coot, cormorant and Canada goose.

It was then time to move onto the other side of the reserve. Highlights included a mixture of gulls including common, lesser black backed and black headed from the family hide, and at the field pool east hide there was an elusive heron and a buzzard above the tree line.

The stiff wind and high water levels seemed to affected the number of birds seen.

After a tea and cake stop, there was a visit to the tree sparrow farm, where there were no tree sparrows but a sparrowhawk and a kestrel on two fence posts having a face off - eventually the sparrowhawk flew off.

There was another stop to check on the feeders, where redwing and fieldfare were seen.

After a visit to the shop for some members (Christmas jumper shopping) and others going for last minute "spots", it was time to get back on the bus and the annual Christmas hat competition!

A good day out to round off the year!

Kim