Saturday, 30 July 2016

Harden Moor

Saturday 30th July a.m.
A bright sunny morning but a strong wind blowing with a temperature of 12°C as we parked up in our usual spot on the edge of Harden Moor.Our first bird was a distant Kestrel hovering as it was looking for food.An Oystercatcher was over the quarry where we also saw a Little Owl and the Sand Martins.As we walked along a Green Woodpecker was spotted and Blackcaps were feeding on a small patch of wild Raspberries.We also saw a couple of Willow Warblers and we had the bonus of a good view of a couple of Garden Warblers, we were too slow to get a snap though.Heading back we scanned a sheltered area behind some trees near the path and caught sight of a couple of birds flitting about.We watched for a while to our delight a couple of Redstarts, also here several Linnets and a couple of Whitethroats.We moved around our usual spots seeing Mipits,Goldfinch, another view of the Green Woodpecker,Swallows and a Swift overhead. Eventually we ended up in another area where we picked the Redstarts up again and were able to get close enough for some decent snaps although they were very flighty,we think they were the same birds seen earlier.The morning was rounded off here when we saw a couple of Bullfinch fly into some trees nearby.The final sighting though was a family of Weasels crossing the road near our car.




Harden Moor 30/7/2016


  1. Great Redstart find and pics and some good birds besides!
    Nice one.

  2. Thanks John we were pleased to see the Redstart hopefully a few more will pass through over the next few weeks.