At last!

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 Grebe
Grey Heron
Cormorant
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Mute Swan
Ruddy Duck
Mallard
Gadwall
Shoveler
Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Pheasant
Moorhen
Coot
Lapwing
Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Redshank
Oystercatcher
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Little Owl
Stock Dove
Collared Dove
Woodpigeon
Skylark
Pied Wagtail
House Martin
Sand Martin
Swallow
Wren
Dunnock
Starling
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Blackbird
Robin
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Willow Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Tree Sparrow
Bullfinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Reed Bunting

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