Autumn at RSPB Old Moor

This a delayed post about my recent trip to Old Moor in Yorkshire.

I visited RSPB Old Moor in February and I thought it was a good opportunity to go again when the weather was too bad to go ringing.  The news of a Grey Phalarope which had been proving very reliable also enticed me!

I counted over 300 Golden Plover on the wader scrape and another wader highlight was a single Black-tailed Godwit.  It was also good to see Stock Doves as we never see them closer to home.  The best sightings were definitely in the next hide we went into where we saw both the Grey Phalarope and a Spotted Redshank, though both at considerable distance were new species for me.  Grey Phalaropes don’t breed in the UK but in the Arctic and they are only occasionally sighted in this country whilst on migration.  Spotted Redshanks have long eluded me and it’s very pleasing now I’ve finally seen one!