Saturday, 13 February 2016

A Day Out to Old Moor RSPB Reserve

We hadn't met up with Richard and Judy for some time so it was with pleasurable anticipation that we set out early for the Dearne Valley Old Moor RSPB reserve in Yorkshire.  The first port of call was the excellent cafe for tea all round and then Richard and I set out for some photography while Heather and Judy went for a walk round the reserve.  The prime place for the day was the tree sparrow hide as there were reported to be a couple of bramblings there as well as tree sparrows and siskins with the occasional redpoll.  We never did catch up with the redpoll, but the siskins and tree sparrows were cooperative and I did manage shots of the bramblings feeding on the ground; not ideal but better than nothing.  By 12.30 we were ready to return to the cafe for lunch and a warm up; the food here is excellent.  After lunch we returned to the tree sparrow hide and later went to attempt to connect with a small group of bearded tits.  In this we were unsuccessful, but we had an excellent day.

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Mixed flock feeding on the ground including two brambling
Brambling
Goldfinch
Goldfinch
Long Tailed Tit
Magpie
Reed Bunting
Siskin
Siskin
Siskin
Siskin
Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Wood Pigeon

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