In wintery conditions, the hardy watchers at Old Moor still managed to compile a creditable list of forty or so bird species today. Not at all bad - for mid-December. Now to dry off those notebooks!

Here’s the summary…

Paul Dennis visited Edderthorpe Flash and reported: five pochard, four shelduck, eighty or so lapwing, eleven mute swan, two common gull, four grey heron and three cormorant. Thanks Paul.

Meanwhile, at Bolton Ings, John Seeviour recorded: two mute swan, sixteen mallard, one teal, seven pochard, seven cormorant, one grey heron, two herring gull, one common gull, seventy or so lapwing, one sparrowhawk and 353 coot along with good numbers of fieldfare and redwing. Thanks John.

Though there may have been birds to see, it was not a day for photography. So, by way of consolation – and to celebrate today’s sighting of a green woodpecker around the Wildlife Ponds – here’s a reminder of a remarkable day when visitors to Old Moor were met by this sight on the way in!

Until next time.

Green woodpeckers by Dale Bentham. Thanks Dale.