South Yorkshire Reserves – Tuesday 16th December 2014

South Yorkshire  Will Rich

South Yorkshire Will Rich

Wigeon ♂ Will Rich

Wigeon ♂ Will Rich

It was the week before Christmas and ten members took time off from festive preparations (?) to visit RSPB Old Moor and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr. The weather was more reminiscent of October than December, warm breeze and fantastic light.

We counted a total of 67 birds over the day.  In the morning at Old Moor the winter ducks and waders looked fantastic in the sunshine, every feather showing up, giving the ubiquitous Magpie a splendid appearance and the eponymous Golden Plover lived up to its name. Other waders included  Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank, Lapwing and Ruff.

Teal   Will Rich

Teal pair Will Rich

Gadwall pair  Will Rich

Gadwall pair Will Rich

The mixed tit flocks were foraging through the birch woodland duringour afternoon walk at Potteric Carr and as we approached the lagoons, four species of gull came in to roost, a Kingfisher played a cameo role across the front of the hide, and our first Great Crested Grebe of the day was seen.

 In fading light, there were distant views of a huge influx of Starlings.  The shortest day was only a few days away and we walked back to the car park with the beautiful light which had enchanted us all day going fast.

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Stock Dove Will Rich

Thanks to Colin and Will for the organisation and leadership. We had a fantastic day and some of us didn’t have to break off from Christmas shopping, the well-stocked Old Moor shop was just too tempting, wasn’t it?

Sue Coldwell

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