Moore 25.09.2018

Sunny and fresh

About a dozen members of the Team congregated on the car park encouraged by the sunshine and autumnal feel of the morning and then by an overflying cormorant and Canada geese and a high-flying buzzard. A short walk to the Lapwing Lane Hide and we were greeted by mallard, coot, moorhen, tufted duck (in autumn plumage), mute swan and, at the forefront of the lake, a little grebe busy with its underwater feeding.

Heading further along the Lane and through the woodland to the Feeding Station we were treated to plenty of birdsong but frustratingly little in the way of sightings apart from great tit and long-tailed tit and, for some, a fleeting view of a great spotted woodpecker darting through the tree canopy. The Feeding Station proved to be bare of both food and, as a result, birds, so we wended our way back through Middle Moss Wood continuing to be frustrated by birdsong (chiffchaff, nuthatch, titmice etc) but no sightings.

Reaching Grebe Hide, we finally relaxed as Birchwood Pool offered a good range of wildfowl – tufted duck, coot, moorhen, mute swan, mallard, wigeon, little grebe and some fine-looking specimens of great crested grebe – all bathed in the bright sunlight. And at Birch Strip Hide, we were briefly entertained by a noisy flock of Canada geese and a great crested grebe catching and digesting an early fish lunch.

Moving on to Pump House Hide we enjoyed a productive stay, adding gadwall, sun-bathing cormorant, black-headed gull, teal and pied wagtail to the list. A lucky few saw a kingfisher dart across Pump House Pool, and then the spot of the day, a snipe resting at the top of a shingle bank on the far north bank.

Continuing round Pump House Pool towards Colin’s Hide, we were disappointed about the non-appearance of green woodpecker not helped by the growth of the hawthorn hedges alongside the track making views across the adjoining scrubland more difficult. However the morning concluded with another productive stay at Colin’s Hide with a second fleeting view, for some, of a kingfisher and then the arrival of 5 black-tailed godwit on the shingle bank to the left. And as a finale, our star spotter for the day picked out two snipe artfully camouflaged at the landing spot. (SC)

Bird List (MH)

  1. Carrion crow
  2. Cormorant
  3. Blue tit
  4. Canada goose
  5. Magpie
  6. Mute swan
  7. Little grebe
  8. Tufted duck
  9. Coot
  10. Moorhen
  11. Mallard
  12. Common buzzard
  13. Long-tailed tit
  14. Great tit
  15. Robin
  16. Chiffchaff (heard only)
  17. Great-spotted woodpecker
  18. Wood pigeon
  19. Nuthatch (heard only)
  20. Wren
  21. Great-crested grebe
  22. Black-headed gull
  23. Wigeon
  24. Kingfisher
  25. Farmyard goose
  26. Teal
  27. Gadwall
  28. Snipe
  29. Pied wagtail
  30. Grey heron
  31. Black-tailed godwit
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