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Trip Report - 2019

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Linacre Reservoir
8th January 2019

Five members enjoyed a morning walk around Linacre reservoirs in surprisingly fine weather with clear skies and little wind. Only 28 bird species were recorded but there were good numbers of those that were there. All four of the common tits were well-represented and Nuthatches seemed to be everywhere. Three Treecreepers were spotted. The reservoirs had lots of Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Tufted Ducks and Moorhens with only a few Mandarin and Coot and single Little Grebe and Cormorant. Both Great Spotted and Green woodpecker were present but finches were noticeably absent with only a single Chaffinch seen.

Rother Valley
13th February 2019

Six of us attended Rother Valley Country Park where the weather was warmer than might be expected for mid-February. A mix up about where to meet meant we ended up in two parties. A walk around the nature lakes area was a good start to the day, although it was the muddiest part too. As expected there were plenty of wildfowl and around 20 Cormorant loafing about there. Several displaying male Goldeneye were present together with small numbers of Pochard, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal. We were delighted to find a female Smew on the smallest of the 3 pools. We then walked around the main lake where there were larger numbers of Coot, Tufted Duck, Wigeon Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe and Mute Swan. Raptors present were Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. The smaller birds were few but included several Bullfinch and Goldfinch but not a single Chaffinch. Even so, by the time we retired for a lunch time snack at the cafe, we had recorded 45 species.

20th March 2019

Nine members convened at the Langsett Barn car park and enjoyed a good walk in excellent weather. We started over the dam wall where a pair of Oystercatchers were sleeping by a drake Mallard. Once over the dam, we walked through woodland over to the south bank of the reservoir. Many of the birds were in full song including Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Blackbird and a few Goldcrest too. A single Brambling, a male almost in breeding plumage, was a good spot. The reservoir held a Great Crested Grebe, unusual for this site, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard and a pair of Greylag Geese. Once on the moorland, the Meadow Pipits were numerous and were demonstrating their parachute display flight. Red Grouse were everywhere but Skylark were absent. On the river at the north west corner was a Dipper. By the time we were back at the cars we had recorded 38 species, including a small flock of Crossbills, which flew over heralding their presence with their chipping calls. All of us retired for a well-earned lunch at the Polka Dot cafe.

Old Moor Wetlands
11th April 2019

Six members started the day in the hide at Broomhill Flash before moving on to Old Moor. The work outlined by Old Moor manager Graham Figg at our last winter meeting was very visible with bulldozers and mechanical diggers at work at Wombwell Ings and on the meadows purchased by the Garganey Trust. It didn't seem to bother the birds at Broomhill unduly and we recorded 30 species there. There is now a small island in front of the hide. Those early enough saw a pair of Red-legged Partridge with the usual residents at this time of year. The weather was bright and sunny and the icy easterly wind seemed to disappear during the day. The main lagoon at Old Moor was heaving with Black-headed Gulls which were also spread widely around other parts of the reserve and a count of over 2000 was estimated. Waders were represented by several Lapwings, a few Redshank and singles of both Snipe and Green Sandpiper. The garden feeders were very quiet but the Tree Sparrow Farm feeders were better with Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Brambling and the usual tit species all present. Wildfowl were still well represented with 7 duck species still resident. The Sand Martin wall was not yet in use but one distant hirundine may have been a possible. An excellent day was had by all with the highlights occurring at the last hide visited where a booming Bittern strolled out into view before flying off to another part of the reedbed and a single Avocet dropped in. PLUS a few of us heard a Cuckoo calling. A total of 57 species were recorded at Old Moor making our total for the day 59.