Old Moor

We had ideal weather today for a trip to one of our regular reserves – Old Moor RSPB near Barnsley. In the bird garden the usual selection of finches was supplemented by reed buntings, tree sparrows, a female blackcap and this striking yellowhammer. Later these were seen off by a sparrowhawk.

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Walking around the reserve chiffchaffs were heard and seen – even  mating(!). There rumours of lesser whitethroat and more blackcaps but no sightings.  This is one of  several willow warblers we saw and heard.

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The willow warbler is almost indistinguishable from the chiffchaff except by its song.

One comment

  1. John Haynes · April 21, 2016

    It’s a long time since I saw a yellowhammer Ray. It takes me back to my farming days seeing your lovely pic. Thanks. John

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