Moore Nature Reserve 29.11.16

Clear blue skies, sunny, but very cold

Arriving in the car park, members of the Team found that we were not the only birders planning a visit to this interesting site, but resolving amicably to go in different directions and briefed by the warden Annemarie, Team Tuesday  set off through a brightly-lit, frosty landscape, initially making for Lapwing Hide. The largely frozen lake in front of us did not however show much activity, although small numbers of Mallard, Teal, Coot and Wigeon were noted around the edges. Pressing on towards the Feeding Station Hide the woodland on both sides of the track was keenly scanned, but again

img_2901there was little to note, apart from a small collection of titmice high above in the canopy, and a Treecreeper spotted by a trio of late-arrivals. Despite a plentiful supply of food, the feeding station was not really drawing much in, although a Nuthatch did show, and after a little while it was decided to press on towards Birchwood Pool.

As we approached the hide, we were rewarded with fine views of a Little Grebe, unusually perhaps, spending as much time above water as below, and then, flying low and fast over the water and heading straight towards the hide, a pair(!) of Kingfishers that came noisily (cheek, cheek) to rest just to the left of the hide, from which they were just about visible. Having surveyed the rest of the lake, noting some Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls amongst the smaller Black-headed Gulls, we then pressed on towards the Phoenix Hide and the Eastern Reed Bed to check out the reported presence of a Bittern.

This longish trek caused the Team to become somewhat strung out along the path, with the result that in the end, just a few of the first arrivals caught a brief sight of the Bittern which took off from one side of the pool in front of us, only to disappear again after a few seconds into the reed bed, from which it did not reappear – at least whilst we were there!

Having by now spent almost three hours in frosty surroundings, the cold was making itself felt to all and it was generally decided to head back to the car park, which we did in groups, at intervals, and by slightly different routes. Some chose to detour via Colin’s Hide to view the hundreds of gulls standing somewhat gingerly on the ice of Pump House Pool and were rewarded by the sight of a Green Woodpecker taking evasion action from a passing fox, and later by it and a mate taking up position on a bare tree to bask in the warmth of the sun. The same bird, perhaps, had already been glimpsed by several other members of the Team a little earlier making it and, for the lucky few, the Bittern the highlights of a good morning’s birding

Bird List (BP)

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Great Crested Grebe
  3. Cormorant
  4. Bittern
  5. Wigeon
  6. Gadwall
  7. Teal
  8. Mallard
  9. Shoveler
  10. Pochard
  11. Tufted Duck
  12. Buzzard
  13. Moorhen
  14. Coot
  15. Lapwing
  16. Herring Gull
  17. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  18. Black-headed Gull
  19. Wood Pigeon
  20. Kingfisher
  21. Green Woodpecker
  22. Blackbird
  23. Redwing
  24. Wren
  25. Dunnock
  26. Robin
  27. Long-tailed Tit
  28. Coal Tit
  29. Great Tit
  30. Blue Tit
  31. Nuthatch
  32. Treecreeper
  33. Jay
  34. Magpie
  35. Carrion Crow
  36. Raven
  37. Chaffinch
  38. Goldfinch
  39. Bullfinch

Photos JH


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