Moore Nature Reserve 02.12.14

Bright with some cloud, chillier than of late

A lucky thirteen gathered in the car park on what promised to be a reasonable morning weatherwise, at least after the gloom of late. Agreeing with a fellow group of birders which route to take so as to avoid overcrowding the hides, Team Tuesday set off without further delay to Lapwing Lane Hide, where clear light afforded good views of a variety of water birds, including widgeon, mallard and teal, resplendent in their bright plumage. The well-stocked Feeding Station was attracting a good range of birds, and here too the sunlight showed off to their best a pair of nuthatch and even a humble chaffinch.

Making our way along the old tow-path of the Latchford Canal our attention was soon attracted, first by a noisy flock of longTawny Owl at Moore-tailed tits, and then by the cameras and scopes of our fellow birders all pointing upwards towards the ivy-clad bark of a tall tree.  With a little bit of effort we were rewarded with the sight of a Tawny Owl dozing motionless on its perch amongst the ivy, unperturbed either by the attentions of the tits or by the excitement among the human flock below. For many of the group, it was a first sighting of this bird in a location that had often been scrutinised unsuccessfully on previous visits, and it was not one that will soon be forgotten.

Birchwood Pool held the usual crowds of (mostly black-headed) gulls, which were unusually active however, being attracted by work on the adjacent tip that was obviously turning up plenty of feeding opportunities for them and the hundreds of other gulls that were wheeling about in the distance. A pair of little grebe were actively diving for food immediately in front of the hide, and, further off, sharp eyes made out a goldeneye, just as intent on making the most of its feeding opportunities in the calm water.

A longish walk to Pump House Hide was rewarded with the sight of half a dozen black-tailed godwits, infrequent visitors to the Reserve. Further views of these birds were had from Colin’s Hide on the other side of Pump House Pool.

At this point, fatigue, and thoughts of lunch were beginning to make themselves felt, but just before we dispersed a great spotted woodpecker obligingly perched itself right in front of us and two pairs of buzzards – two in the sky and two resting in a tree –  announced their presence with typical ringing cries – bringing the morning’s count to a respectable 40, according to our official compiler almost exactly what it had been on our previous group visit earlier in the year!

Bird List for Moore NR (BP)

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Cormorant
  3. Grey Heron
  4. Wigeon
  5. Gadwall
  6. Teal
  7. Mallard
  8. Shoveler
  9. Common Pochard
  10. Tufted Duck
  11. Goldeneye
  12. Common Buzzard
  13. Kestrel
  14. Moorhen
  15. Coot
  16. Lapwing
  17. Black-tailed Godwit
  18. Herring Gull
  19. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  20. Black-headed Gull
  21. Tawny Owl
  22. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  23. Pied Wagtail
  24. Dunnock
  25. Robin
  26. Blackbird
  27. Song Thrush
  28. Long-tailed Tit
  29. Willow Tit
  30. Coal Tit
  31. Great Tit
  32. Blue Tit
  33. Nuthatch
  34. Jay
  35. Magpie
  36. Jackdaw
  37. Rook
  38. Carrion Crow
  39. Chaffinch
  40. Goldfinch

3 thoughts on “Moore Nature Reserve 02.12.14

  1. A wonderful report.Well written and well received.Together with a bird list compiled with great enthusiasm and lovingly collated.Many thanks to all


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