Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Tuesday Special - RSPB Old Moor

Ruff (c) 2008 Philip Hargreaves
All pictures for this remainder of this post are (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Ruff Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Record shot of Kingfisher
Green Sandpiper - thanks Bob!

The biggest surprise was the length of the journey – it only took me 70 mins - I was expecting a journey of closer to 2 hours. The highlight today was probably the Ruff, which gave the closest views we’ve ever had of this species during the classes. It was a “lifer” for some there today. It was good to see the Whooper Swan, but it didn't stay long! However, for spectacle the Kingfisher took some beating, speeding here & there & hovering several times whilst looking for food. There were about 15 Golden Plover, which looked excellent in the morning sunshine. Also present: Green Sandpiper (thanks Bob), Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Goldfinch, Wigeon, female Goldeneye, Shoveler, Snipe, Teal and a flock of c15 Linnet. As I was leaving a Redpoll flew over the car park. This seemed to be a popular venue, and may be added to the permanent Autumn schedule for next year!

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