Friday, 1 May 2015

Harden Moor

Friday 1st May a.m.
 An over night frost meant it was a cold 1°C as we arrived at Harden Moor but the sun was shining as we checked a wall for Little Owl but no sign of them today.There was a Curlew though along with Jackdaws,Magpies,Rooks,Pied Wagtail & a Pheasant.We then took the path next to the quarry where the Sand Martins were in their usual spot, seeing the first of many Mipits & a pair of Song Thrushes.
We then had a choice of direction left would take us towards a yaffling Green Woodpecker or right towards the call of a Cuckoo, the latter won but we didn't get a sighting of the bird.
 We came back seeing some distant Linnets & got close to the Green Woodpecker but we only got a brief glimpse as it flew off.There were plenty Willow Warblers in full song & we saw the usual Redpolls,Bullfinches,Chaffinch & other common species also made appearances.The highlight came when we heard a different song more tuneful & a richer sound & then we spotted the Garden Warbler which was great to see.
Garden Warbler

Good to see & hear a Garden Warbler

Willow Warbler

male Bullfinch

male Chaffinch


Meadow Pipit

Harden Moor 1/5/15


  1. nice one with the Garden Warbler.
    You did well to get such a great pic.

  2. Thanks John, had to play hide & seek for a while.