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October 2016

Sunday, 23 October 2016

There's nothing 'old' about Old Moor - it's still a vibrant reserve !

There's nothing 'old' about Old Moor - it's still a vibrant reserve !

A calm warm October day greeted us when we arrived at Old Moor. Each hide provided us with a different 'view' of this lovely compact reserve, from Tree Sparrows to Green Sandpiper. First (and also last .... with a one in the middle ...) port of call was to the delightful cafe ! Suitably refreshed we ventured to the 'feeder' hide to encounter Tree Sparrow and Willow Tit as well as the 'commoner' birds such as Chaffinch, Great, Blue and Coal Tits. A walk to the hides covering the 'pools' gave excellent views of Kingfisher; Gadwall; Teal; Tufted Duck as well as 2 Green Sandpiper; 4 Dunlin; large flocks of Lapwing and splendid views of the resident flock of Golden Plover. 'Flighty' at the best of times these birds were particularly wary, getting up into the air at a 'drop of the hat' but at least that gave us an opportunity at looking at the light coloured under wing / arm pits. Birds of prey were few and far between, with only a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel seen. Plenty of Redwing and Blackbirds feeding on berries in the shrubs lining the paths. Back along the other path to the 'reed bed' hides we once again encountered a Kingfisher as well as a pair of Stonechat feeding from one of the fences. We certainly saw enough to make the trip there worthwhile !