Despite high water levels and the flooding of some paths most of Attenborough Nature Reserve is accessible and the winter migrants are returning – including the redwings and fieldfares. I have yet to see a fieldfare but redwings were not difficult to observe.
I was pleased to get some un-obscured views of this bird feeding on a hawthorn bush. The last image is a little blurred but I have included it as it shows the red under-wing from which it gets its name.
A sunny day drew me northwards again to the RSPB nature reserve at Old Moor near Barnsley. The most memorable sighting was a large flock of over 400 golden plover. They were not that close but I managed some pleasing shots.
Here are some of the ‘little birds’ that were on the feeders in the garden at the entrance to the reserve
I recognise this Ruff from previous occasions because it has a damaged left foot but this time I was able to get some better pictures. It was in the’Ridge and Furrow’ field, created to have shallow water separated by mud banks to encourage waders.