Monday, 8 October 2012

Blacktoft Sands

The day started misty and by the time I reached Goole, a thick fog sat over the Humber. Fortunately it was a small patch, and at RSPB Nature Reserve Blacktoft Sands the mist was starting to lift, and the rest of the day was mild and sunny. Tree Sparrows and Blue Tits fed on the feeders by the entrance and a black Pheasant followed by a Moorhen made an odd sight on the grassy slopes. A Great Spotted Woodpecker 'chips' flying away from the car park. The Xerox hide was the most rewarding, with a flock of Shovelers and Teal, and lots of Snipe. Before I left I popped in again and a Grey Heron walking about flushed many birds on the island, and a Cormorant had arrived too.
 From the First hide, I spot a female Marsh Harrier perched on a bush. She leaves and flies over the reed beds giving great views. I get even better views from possibly the same individual from the reception building (above).
 Although I never get to see the Bearded Tits - possible ones squabbling over the reeds in the distance - this is a wonderful reserve for a visit any time of the year.
Pheasant and moorhen
A pair of Woodpigeons on a post
Tame robin by the visitor centre
 All the time I kept flushing Goldfinches feeding on teasel heads. I managed a few shots, the second one clouded by hundreds of midges.
spot the Goldfinch
Midges, teasels and Goldfinch
Redshanks at Townend hide
 Many dragonflies about, Common Darters mostly, with a few Migrant Hawkers. A Small Tortoiseshell and a red Admiral flew by. There were clouds of midges and other flying insects.
Common Darter
Perennial Sowthistle, onle of the few flowers in the reserve. They were being visited by several insects, including some small moths
Bombus hypnorum on sowthistle
Helophilus on sowthistle
Grey Heron
the view from Xerox hide
Male Shovelers from Xerox hide

More information
RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Reserve Leaflet

Bird list

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Carrion Crow
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Cormorant
  6. Dunlin
  7. Goldfinch
  8. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  9. Great Tit
  10. Greenshank
  11. Grey Heron
  12. Kestrel
  13. Lapwing
  14. Linnet
  15. Little Grebe
  16. Magpie
  17. Mallard
  18. Marsh Harrier
  19. Moorhen
  20. Mute Swan
  21. Pheasant
  22. Pink-footed Goose
  23. Redshank
  24. Robin
  25. Rook
  26. Shoveler
  27. Snipe
  28. Starling
  29. Stock Dove
  30. Teal
  31. Tree Sparrow
  32. Wigeon
  33. Woodpigeon
  34. Wren

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