With just over a week to go to the shortest day, there was little change at Old Moor today. What is unusual is that, just down the road at Edderthorpe Flash, those two great white egrets seem determined to stay put. They were seen again today at the southern end of the flash.

Here is today’s summary…

One thing that never seems to change about this time of year is just how bold our robins become. Walk down Green Lane at the moment and you’ll see them – or rather, they’ll see you. In fact they are very attentive to passers-by at this time of year and with good reason of course.

‘Robin in the reeds’ by Doran Stacey and posted to our Flickr Group. Thanks Doran!

The robins know our soft spot for ‘em and are only too happy to do a short burst of song in return for a hand-out. Makes me wonder why none of the other birds have cottoned on to this way of supplementing their winter feeding.

Anyway, starting this Sunday, for families visiting Old Moor, there’s a treat in the form of a Festive Robin Story and Walk. Details and booking can be found on our Facebook Page or by following this link. I understand that Liz, our Learning and Visitor Experience Assistant, has been “negotiating” with the robins around the reserve in advance of these walks, to make sure that they’ll be on song this Sunday.

One of two (slightly bedraggled) buzzards seen today at Old Moor

Sadly, that’s about it for this evening. I shall leave you with another bird that’s very vocal around Old Moor at the moment. Teal, despite their size, are tough little ducks and seem to relish the poor weather. Best views of them feeding and displaying at the moment seem to be from the Wader Scrape hide.

Until next time.