Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to RSPB Old Moor – Saturday 16 September 2023, 09.30 to 13.30

After a rather wet visit to this RSPB reserve in October last year, it was good to have a dry day, if somewhat cloudy. The site is mainly grassland and shallow lagoons but there are also some young wooded areas. Again we saw three Spoonbill and it was good to have Little and Great Egret close together for comparison.
We had a Marsh Harrier jumping around in the grassland beyond the main lagoon before taking off into the longer grass and reeds. Both Common and Green Sandpiper were present, with the Green unmistakable as it flew off to our left. All-in-all, we had a good day’s birding, making good use of the available hides, as well as the café at the end of our stay. For most of the birds our binoculars gave us good enough views but we were also grateful for members’ scopes for those further away.

Members participating: 7

Bird list (44 species seen and/or heard)

Little Grebe Shoveler Feral Pigeon
Cormorant Marsh Harrier Woodpigeon
Little Egret Kestrel House Martin
Great Egret Pheasant Pied Wagtail
Grey Heron Moorhen Robin
Spoonbill Coot Chiffchaff
Mute Swan Ringed Plover Goldcrest
Greylag Goose Lapwing Long-tailed Tit
Canada Goose Dunlin Blue tit
Egyptian Goose Ruff Great Tit
Shelduck Green Sandpiper Magpie
Wigeon Common Sandpiper Jackdaw
Gadwall Black-headed Gull Carrion Crow
Teal Lesser Black-backed Gull Starling
Mallard Stock Dove  


Egyptian Goose by Theo Lindebaum

Grey Heron by Martyn Grandy

Green Sandpiper by Theo Lindenbaum

Great White and Little Egrets by Theo Lindenbaum

Canada Geese and various waders by Martyn Grandy