Moore Nature Reserve 03.10.17

A group of 12 eager TT members convened at Moore on a bright autumn morning and -despite a chilly breeze and a lack of leader – determined to cover as much of the reserve as possible to see what avian delights could be discovered.

Initially a multitude of jays and the occasional crow and magpie seemed to be the order of the day, the trees around the car park remaining eerily silent. Lapwing Hide provided the ‘usual’ sightings: coot, mallard, tuftie, gadwall and little grebe – and a kingfisher was seen darting past by a lucky few. Then a birdless wander to the feeding station followed, where absolutely nothing stirred as the feeders have yet to be filled this year. At least there was no rain, and we even had the occasional feeling of warmth from the sun in more sheltered spots.

Spirits rose soon after this as a goldcrest flitted in an ivy-clad tree, then kestrel, buzzard and a flock of long-tailed tits could be added to the list before Birchwood Pool was reached. Here Canada geese had gathered in their hundreds, with a few Greylags and other waterfowl,  and another kingfisher sighting encouraged all to step out to see what Pumphouse Pool might have to offer. No disappointment here; yet another kingfisher sighting, then cormorant, shoveler, teal, then  – a wader alert –  both black-tailed godwit and ruff, and pied and yellow wagtails too.

Now feeling satisfied, and hungry too: time to return to the cars, but not before a few lucky members caught fleeting glimpses of a green woodpecker flying from grass to tree.

Message of the day: never give up hope of seeing something unexpected. (MH)

Bird List (MH)

  1. Jay
  2. Jackdaw
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Starling
  5. Collared dove
  6. Goldfinch
  7. Nuthatch
  8. Magpie
  9. Black headed gull
  10. Buzzard
  11. Feral pigeon
  12. Kingfisher
  13. Little grebe
  14. Coot
  15. Tufted duck
  16. Mallard
  17. Gadwall
  18. Wood pigeon
  19. Blue tit
  20. Robin
  21. Kestrel
  22. Goldcrest
  23. Long tailed tit
  24. Chaffinch
  25. Great tit
  26. Canada goose
  27. Greylag goose
  28. Great crested grebe
  29. Wigeon
  30. Teal
  31. Cormorant
  32. Black tailed godwit
  33. Raven
  34. Herring gull
  35. Ruff
  36. Grey heron
  37. Grey wagtail
  38. Pied wagtail
  39. Green woodpecker
  40. Moorhen
  41. Shoveler
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