Monday, 24 November 2014

Old Moor RSPB

This trip was not one of my true birding trips but a course related trip to teach us how to identify wildfowl, which would be assessed in an exam. However, instead of sitting there drawing ducks in order to be able to identify them in an exam I decided to make the most of the opportunity and do some birding.
There was some decent stuff around too, including Redshank, Dunlin, 4 Grey Herons and multiple species of wildfowl, the highlight of those probably being a female Godleneye. Sadly we arrived at 1.00 when the light was already dropping and as such I was unable to get many photos.
Fortunately I was able to get photos of the 2 highlights of the trip; a young Peregrine sat right out in the open on one of the islands looking stunning in the evening sun. There was also a rather well concealed Barn Owl, which had I not asked about, would only have assumed to be another stick in the tree. Once I was on it though it was pretty clear that it was an owl so that was another great species for the day.
-Barn Owl
The birds were great, though it felt a little odd birding with so many coursemates, but hopefully they enjoyed. They certainly got some great birds out of it.

Species List:
Old Moor RSPB: Common Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Redshank, Coot, Lapwing, Goosander, Barn Owl, Peregrine, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Pheasant, Tree Sparrow, Goldeneye, Dunlin, Tufted Duck, Starling, Feral Pigeon,

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