Old Moor – 11 May 2022
We set off along the Trans-Pennine Trail in light rain, with chiffchaffs, willow warblers and wrens in full song. After a brief stop at the hide at Bolton Ings, where we saw great crested grebe, tufted duck and grey heron, we strolled down “Warbler Way”.
The rainy conditions certainly suppressed the birdsong a little but we still managed blackcap, Cetti’s warbler, willow warbler and garden warbler. But the true spectacle of the walk came courtesy of dozens of newly arrived swifts, zooming low over the trees hawking for insects, along with sand martins, house martins and swallows. We continued alongside the river Dearne to Broomhill and then on to Old Moor, with whitethroats singing all the way.
By the time we’d had lunch the sun was shining for our visit to the Old Moor nature reserve itself. We visited all five hides that were open and had a great time seeing kingfisher, garganey, avocet, common tern, marsh harrier and much more.
So, despite the rainy start, it proved to be a truly remarkable and memorable walk.
Star bird: swift
Full species list
Great crested grebe
Green woodpecker (heard only)
Lesser black-backed gull
Little ringed plover
Water rail (heard only)