A mid-week trip to Old Moor today, and I’m nearly positive I saw my first ever Peregrine, which has always been on my “to-see” list. Definitely a falcon, darkish grey, significantly bigger than a Kestrel, and scared the bejesus out of the Lapwings. Yep, almost sure it was a Peregrine, despite only being a fleeting glimpse.
The rest of the trip I thought was rather disappointing as a whole – no really fancy waders or ducks to speak of – although did spot a couple of Snipe and a few Dunlins and Redshanks, and got a good up-close view of a female Sparrowhawk as it menaced the assorted flock on the birdfeeder. And I still managed to clock up my record species tally – maybe I’m just getting a bit too used to what’s there and need to move on to another site.
No Whooper Swans, obviously the lone one I saw last time has moved elsewhere, and the rest of the flock never arrived.
Today’s full list:
Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Tit, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Peregrine (woo!), Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Redshank, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon