Finally got some migrants today, but I cheated by going to Old Moor. Almost instantly I got willow warbler on the Trans Pennine Trail near the reserve, at exactly the same spot as I first saw one last year. Other highlights from that path included a pair of bullfinches, a sparrowhawk, several chiffchaff and a singing skylark.
On the reserve the migrants continued with large flocks of wheeling sand martins, and I managed to pick out a single swallow and a couple of house martins among them. There were also some very obliging ringed plovers and little ringed plovers, stood on adjascent islands just to help you compare their differences!
Other highlights today included a little owl, a pair of willow tits, a pair of stock doves at the feeding station, more bullfinches, a few oystercatchers and redshanks, several great crested grebes, a single little grebe, and a pair of kestrels that are nesting in a nest box by the Field Pool hide.
Today’s rather long list:
Great Crested Grebe
Little Ringed Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull