Dearne Valley trip 11th March

Ten YOC members made the trip to the peoples republic of south yorkshire today, meeting up in the Broomhill Flash car park.

We were greeting by good views of the long staying Hawfinch, while on the Flash were a few ducks including Pochard and Goldeneye.

Next was a short trip down the road to Wombwell Ings where we joined a small crowd and were eventually treated to views of the Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest. Both cracking birds and only a few meters apart. On the Ings themselves were Whooper Swan and Little Egret.

Med Gull at Old Moor © Duncan Bye 2018
Med Gull at Old Moor © Duncan Bye 2018

Then it was onto Old Moor where we had close views of a displaying male Bearded Tit with another heard calling in different patch of reeds. On the mere were 2 adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls one of which was showing the Black-headed Gulls who was boss. There were also several Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A few of us also briefly heard a Bittern boom.



Among the ducks were 3 Goosander and a pair of Pintail, while waders included several Oystercatcher, Redshank, Snipe and 2 Green Sandpiper.

Some of the group then visited Adwick Washlands after dinner where they saw, White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Brambling and Ringed Plover.

A really enjoyable day out especially for me returning to some of my old South Yorkshire stomping grounds.