Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Moore Nature Reserve 23.3.11

Today a day's holiday from work.   We went to Moore Nature Reserve for our second visit.  The car park was almost full, we had to squeeze in between two other cars.  We walked through the dog walking area to the first lagoon.  Here there were lots of Little Grebes diving, a pair of Great Crested Grebe, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Canada & Greylag Geese, Mallard, Magpies and Woodpigeons.

We then continued through the reserve to the feeding station.  Quite a few little birds here including Reed Bunting, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinch, a hungry squirrel and a Magpie without any white on it's head!

We were informed that there was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker to be seen near the boardwalk so we hot-footed in that direction.  There was a small gathering of people and we soon found where the Lesser Spotted was making easy work of clearing out a hole in a tree.  He stayed around for quite a while and we were able to get some pictures. 

Little Grebe

Little Grebe


Male Reed Bunting

Great Spotted Woodpecker and attendant Blue Tit

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Common Toad

Common Toads mating

After this we continued along the path and observed several pairs of toads.

There was some lovely evening sunlight but not much about to photograph except a little blue tit who obligingly sat on a twig for a few seconds. 

Reported to be the warmest day of the year so far - probably explains all the T-shirts we saw!

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