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October 2012

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Male wigeon swimming

There's more at Old Moor Reserve !

The weather was cold but not unbearably so in the weak autumn sunshine. Things looked promising with lots of Red Grouse being seen on the road over the moors on the way to the reserve. Old Moor Reserve itself has its origins in the industrial history of the area and it provides a haven for both wildlife and people in the hustle and bustle of this part of Yorkshire. The welcome from the staff was very friendly - passing on useful tips and providing a potted history of the reserve. Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bull Finch and the rarer Willow Tits all graced the various feeders around the entrance to the reserve. The many small lagoons surrounded by reeds held plenty of Gadwall (probably the most numerous duck), Mallard, Teal, Shoveller, Wigeon and smaller numbers of Pochard and Tufted Duck. The variety of waders wasn't huge but there we up to 1,000 Golden Plover, plenty of Lapwing plus 2 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe. The latter's superb camouflage was illustrated when they stood still and disappeared into the surrounding vegetation. Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Jay completed the bird tally for the day on the reserve. Of course there was the obligatory cafe stop, which received our seal of approval. A nice reserve ! Well done RSPB.