RSPB, Old Moor, Dearne Valley
A great first visit to RSPB Old Moor, on the way to visit family in Sheffield (on route from Scarborough) and what a great visit and place it turned out to be.
Not masses of rarities, but a few new ticks for me and a fair bit of variety considering the time of year and half the reserve (the Bitten hide area) shut for new paths and the like.
One disappointment as we had to leave early for the actual visit to see Alistair and Katy was us missing the Spoonbill, but the six hours or so spent on site were excellent.
Views from 2 different hides
Common (Maybe Ruddy) Darter
Lapwing and Golden Plover Flocks
Very large Rosehips
Ringed Plovers (from a very long way away but a new bird for me, further away were 2 Ruffs and 2 Spotted Redshanks, not photographed but again firsts)
Snipes (another new bird for me, it's good when you start, the first couple of years lots are new birds!!!)
Spider catching its prey and wrapping it in webbing for eating at a later date