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31st December 2017 – RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor Nature Reserve, Yorkshire

What a lovely way to see out the old year with a trip to RSPB Old Moor near Barnsley in Yorkshire with our friends from Sheffield.

It was our first visit to Old Moor and we were very impressed with the two trails with numerous high quality hides and viewing platforms which gave good views over the extensive reserve. There was also a good visitor centre with a decent café.

The highlights were a peregrine, 2 green sandpipers, goldeneyes, goosanders and a redshank which strutted its stuff at close quarters.

DSC06507Peregrine

DSC06231Redshank

DSC06408Redshank

DSC05847Goldeneye ducks with peregrine keeping a beady eye

DSC05851Goldeneye ducks

DSC06479Goosanders

DSC06083A pair of green sandpipers

DSC06340Wigeon

DSC06387Teal

DSC06296Pied wagtail

DSC06429Shoveler

DSC06665Tufted ducks

DSC06044I couldn’t make out these distant birds and others that flew up regularly even further back but I think golden plovers.