Wildflowers of St Aiden’s RSPB reserve

Instead of ‘birding’ our group were looking at the huge variety of wildflowers now establishing in this relatively new RSPB nature park. Just looking around the edge of car park area we saw bristly ox-tongue, cut leaved cranesbill, spotted medick, water figwort, wood forget-me-not and in the fenced area clumps of weld and celery leaved buttercup. Coming down the hill the grassland glowed golden with meadow and creeping buttercups interspersed with the bright white of ox-eye daisy, to the right of the path yellow rattle grew amongst the crosswort, hairy tare, red campion, a clump of hemlock water dropwort and our last pause was to admire a single stem of salsify, a garden escape but still a pleasure to see.

St Aidens RSPB reserve

A view of RSPB St Aiden’s

Birding at Old Moor

Three members of the society converged on RSPB Old Moor yesterday and enjoyed seeing ducks and other waterfowl illuminated by warm winter sunlight.

Teal

Teal

Many teal were feeding in the shallows and there were lots of gadwall and wigeon and a distant group of goosander.

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

A jack snipe has been observed recently but it was nowhere to be seen yesterday. However, the common snipe are attractive birds and lots of photographs were being shot by the photographers.

 

A single marsh harrier appeared briefly in late afternoon and flew low over the reedbed.