Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington

With the prospect of some better weather today, I paid my first visit to Moore Nature Reserve in Warrington. As well as a general recognisance visit to learn the lay of the land, I had three target birds in mind:
  • Tawny Owl
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • Bittern

These birds have all been reported recently on the Manchester Birding Forum thread for Moore.

On my way round today I saw the following birds:
  • Greenfinch
  • Treecreeper
  • Robin
  • Magpie
  • Wigeon
  • Tufted Duck
  • Great Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Gadwall
  • Coot
  • Moorhen
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Grey Heron (juvenile)
  • Herring Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Oystercatcher
  • Starling
  • Woodpigeon
  • Shelduck
  • Little Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Buzzard
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Teal
  • Water Rail (heard only)
  • Raven
  • Cormorant
  • Crow
  • Goldfinch
  • Jackdaw
  • Tawny Owl
  • Reed Bunting
  • Jay
  • Chiffchaff
  • Oh and the back of a beautiful light brown fox as it ran away from the feeding station.
So 37 species on my first visit and one of my three target birds spotted - I can't be too disappointed with that can I?  But I'll be back .....

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