Trip reports

Moore Nature Reserve

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 17 April 2016

On arrival at the reserve we were serenaded by unseen Chiffchaff, Song thrush, Robin and Blackcap, with sightings of Long-tailed tit, Crow, Wood pigeon and Bluetit.

En route to Lapwing Hide we had Dunnock and Willow warbler singing, the latter to my mind, one of the sweetest sounds of summer.
From the hide, where we had a warming cup of coffee (and biscuits) we recorded the first water birds: several pairs of Tufted duck, Coot, Great crested and Little grebe, Cormorant, and Mallard. Canada and Greylag represented the Goose family. A solitary Reed bunting flitted among the bulrushes and two Buzzard flew outside.

We followed the tree-lined path and had Chiffchaff singing in the birch and a Rook and Sparrowhawk few overhead.

We diverted to the Raptor Viewpoint with, typically, not a raptor to be seen. However, walking along the grassy perimeter path, flanked by trees, shrubs and sweet-smelling gorse, a Peregrine was spotted and we had Bullfinch, Great tit, Goldfinch and Blackbird.

Descending to the old canal bed a Grey heron flew over the adjacent rough meadow and we added Treecreeper, Coal tit and a pair of Blackcap.
Sadly, the longed-for Lesser-spotted woodpecker was not at the corner where it had afforded close-up views on previous occasions.

At the feeding station Great-spotted woodpecker, Reed bunting, Chaffinch, Bluetit and a pair of Willow tit were present with Moorhen and Mallard eating up the seed on the ground.
An orange-tip butterfly was flitting around, despite the cold temperature.

After lunch in sunshine on a bench in the meadow we visited the hide overlooking Birchwood pool from where we again saw Tufted, Little and Great-crested grebe, plus a female Goldeneye and Black-headed gull.

At this point only Ian and I decided to continue to further hides, only adding two Oystercatcher and Gadwall. We walked through the small Birch Wood, hoping for another chance of Lesser-spotted woodpecker, but without success.

Walking back over the meadow bordering the carpark, we had a Whitethroat and Pied wagtail.
A Peacock butterfly made the finale, with some 45 species seen.