Trip reports

Midweek Walk - RSPB Old Moor

Redshank perched on post

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

It was the worst of days, it was the best of days!

Due to the very heavy rain, we decided to abandon the walk and seek refuge in the hides from which we witnessed dozens of newly arrived Swifts as they skimmed low across the water hawking for insects. These were joined by Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins and a lovely Black Tern, making it a memorable spectacle.

There were also waders aplenty including Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Redshank, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel. Due to the weather conditions, there was very little birdsong, but we still managed to hear Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler and Wren. We even heard a Bittern booming and a Green Woodpecker yaffling. It was just a shame about the weather!
 
Leader John Clifton
7 people attended
58 bird species seen
Star Bird: Black Tern
 
Full list of bird species:
Bittern (heard only)
Blackbird
Blackcap
Black-headed Gull
Black Tern
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Canada Goose
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Common Sandpiper
Coot
Cormorant
Crow
Dunlin
Dunnock
Gadwall
Goldfinch
Great Crested Grebe
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker (heard only)
Greylag Goose
House Martin
Jackdaw
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Mediterranean Gull
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Redshank
Reed Bunting
Robin
Sand Martin
Sedge Warbler (heard only)
Shelduck
Shoveler
Starling
Stock Dove
Swallow
Swift
Teal
Tree Sparrow
Tufted Duck
Turnstone
Whimbrel
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren