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  1. Egyptian goose ridge and furrow from central reedbed path 11
    am 20/6/21

    Comment by Brian Needham — June 20, 2021 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  2. A Red-legged Partridge in the Geese Fields yesterday morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 19, 2021 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  3. Seven drake Teal on phalarope pond, Snipe over north Ings and Lesser Whitethroat near Astley cp

    Comment by Vaughan — June 18, 2021 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  4. This morning Spoonbill feeding on r and f ponds viewable from visitor centre, eclipse drake Garganey on VC pond, and two little egret on r and f.

    Comment by Paul — June 18, 2021 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  5. Two little egret on main lake . Red kite over r+f. 3 linnets near crossroads, 1 common tern over ERB, skylark on hillside, buzzard over hillside, little owl in compound. Song thrush sat on oddball singing.

    Comment by Mel — June 17, 2021 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  6. Late record from Monday 14 June. Fox cub crossed a path at the oil tank end of the site. (Sorry once again I could find Other Wildlife to record under). Also large flock of Swifts probably 100 or so over Bowers. The most I have ever seen.

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — June 16, 2021 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  7. Pair of Shelduck with 26 young on Astley this morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 15, 2021 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  8. Sedge warbler and bearded tit green sluice cettis showing in brambles below old lock

    Comment by jockslad — June 13, 2021 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  9. Hobby took prey West path Bowers mid afternoon before carrying it off site. Prey small bird.

    Comment by Julian — June 12, 2021 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  10. Bittern flew in from Fairburn direction this morning, another seen flying towards Fairburn in the afternoon. South Ings – Black-tailed Godwit, 5 drake Teal.

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — June 11, 2021 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

    • Could it have been coming from & going on to Lowther Lake?

      Comment by Rob Hunton — June 11, 2021 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  11. 12:10 spoonbill over hillside heading astley way and little egret took off from the ridge and furrow. 13:20 at least 2 bearded tits in reeds opposite astley lake. 2 blackcaps singing at Caroline bridge.

    Comment by Laura — June 11, 2021 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  12. Two male Wigeon on the North shore of the Main Lake opposite Caroline Spit this morning. Little Egret flew over the Hillside heading West.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 11, 2021 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  13. Little owl in compound. At least one bearded tit in reeds at Astley as well as reed warbler. One common tern over Astley. Whitethroat on perimeter path. Buzzard mobbed by kestrel and gulls over hillside. Sedge warbler on path to main causeway. Little egret on r+f

    Comment by Mel — June 10, 2021 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  14. Blackwit still on South Ings and a Yellow Wagtail on the scrapes at the foot of the VC path.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — June 9, 2021 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  15. Black-tailed Godwit on South Ings. A family party of 6 Bearded Tits feeding in the tree tops along the Main Lake Causeway was unusual. New brood of 4 Pochard and 3 Great Crested Grebe on WRB. A Lesser whitethroat was in the hawthorn next to the hide car park early morning and another was singing in the willows next to the Balance Reservoir before moving off along the hedge.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — June 8, 2021 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  16. Male sparrowhawk at Astley, also at least three bearded tits in reeds there and one reed warbler. Two oystercatchers flew over. Buzzard over hillside. Two skylark in field in hillside. Two willow warblers in trees and one jay. One common tern on predetor fence.

    Comment by Mel — June 6, 2021 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  17. Garden warbler in hedge just outside the perimeter fence between Lowther and the reserve. 6.6.21

    Comment by Alex Aylward — June 6, 2021 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  18. Grey Heron has nested again at Skelton Lake, with two fledged juveniles visible today. Also there was a Ringed Plover on the spit. A Black-tailed Godwit was in the Phalarope Pond, as was a male Garganey with another nearby on the edge of the Main Lake – both looking a bit shabby. A Snipe on the North Ings was the first I’d seen for weeks.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 5, 2021 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  19. Sketlon Lake
    Sedge warbler
    6 Little Egrits
    2 Kingfisher
    5 broods of canada geese

    Comment by Joe (JJD) — June 5, 2021 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  20. Yesterday afternoon at 15.15 bittern in low flight twice circling Astley Lake, hotly pursued by several black headed gulls, eventually flying over trees and descending into Swilly Park; also 3 bearded tits frequently visiting reedbeds at Astley between 13.30 and 14.30; hobby over Astley Lake at 14.30

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — June 5, 2021 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  21. Sanderling on astley this evening.

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — June 4, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  22. Five Common Buzzard thermalling over Little Preston mid afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — June 4, 2021 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  23. May sightings now on the All 2021 Sightings page – https://sibg1.wordpress.com/bird-sightings/all-2021-sightings/

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 4, 2021 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  24. Single Avocet and Blackwit on the main lake. Also 2 drake Teal and a Cuckoo at Lowther.

    Comment by Vaughan — June 4, 2021 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  25. A Ruddy Shelduck at Skelton Lake seemed to be in a menage-a-trois with two Shelducks, swimming around with them and flying off with them. This is the sixth year the species has been recorded, most recently in 2015. Also at Skelton, seven Little Egrets. An Egyptian Goose was again at Astley Lake, making it three species of shelduck in a day.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 4, 2021 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  26. Two Black-tailed Godwit and Pintail opposite Caroline Bridge.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — June 3, 2021 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  27. very early morning visit 3 bearded tits astley causeway around 0550 lots of cettis singing as i left at 0715 a cuckoo flew west over the canal by fleet lane

    Comment by darrell prest — June 3, 2021 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  28. At least two, possibly three grasshopper warblers reeling loudly near Astley crossroads this pm 3/6. One showed well on the left as you walk towards the hide.

    Comment by Brian Needham — June 3, 2021 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  29. This morning a Honey Buzzard, spotted by Mike Barnett, flew over the Rabbit Warren and circled round drifting slowly off east (record photos in the Gallery). This is the fifth record and the first since 2004. One Egyptian Goose, a male Garganey and Ringed Plover were at Astley Lake, where a second Oystercatcher brood was noted. A Pintail was on the Main Lake, where an immature Great Black-backed Gull killed and ate a lone gosling on the water.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 3, 2021 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  30. Female Pochard with single duckling photographed on ERB on 1/6 – overlooked in SEO excitement (sorry).

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 3, 2021 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  31. Avocet and redshank from carolina bridge viewpoint

    Comment by jockslad — June 3, 2021 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  32. 2/6 four not summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit main bay.

    Comment by Julian — June 3, 2021 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  33. Photo of an Osprey flying through on Facebook from 1st June

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 2, 2021 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  34. Reminder: Swillington Ings Bird Group online Meeting is tomorrow (3rd June) at 19:30. The talk is on Costa Rica. Non-members welcome to join the meeting. The link for this is available from either the chairman or secretary using the Contacts section on the right at the bottom of the navigation pane.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — June 2, 2021 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  35. Spoonbill on main lake opposite Caroline Bridge. Three drake Wigeon and drake Teal.
    Also had Short eared Owl flush at top of field above trailer gate.

    Comment by Vaughan — June 1, 2021 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  36. Short-eared Owl hunting (unsuccessfully) on the hillside just before 1pm for about 10 mins before going to ground due to BHGs pestering. Dropped into the area of a cluster of about five gorse bushes high on the hillside but still out in the open grassed area.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 1, 2021 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  37. Grey Wagtail on grass at the side of the hide, Kingfisher fishing up river from hide and Med Gull in the water at the side of Causeway Isle.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — May 30, 2021 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  38. Sat 29th, an adult Spoonbill was again across from Caroline Bridge mid morning, JB. Mid day it was on the East side of the Bulge.

    Comment by John Martin — May 30, 2021 @ 5:25 am | Reply

  39. An adult Spoonbill was on the North shore of the Main lake mid morning,JB. Until flushed by two dog which were encouraged into the water by a lady on the South shore.

    Comment by John Martin — May 29, 2021 @ 5:09 am | Reply

  40. 2 little egrets in riverside trees near main weir

    Comment by jockslad — May 28, 2021 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  41. Mistle thrush near old lock cettis and reed warblers green sluice fox edge of astley

    Comment by jockslad — May 28, 2021 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  42. Franklin’s Gull dropped on to Western Reedbed at around 20:40 Thurs pm for a couple of minutes only, 16 Shelduck over E at 21:20.

    Comment by andyd — May 28, 2021 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  43. The Franklin’s Gull was on Astley lake for ten minutes mid afternoon before leaving to the east.
    Still 2 drake Wigeon on the main lake.
    Also spotted the bloke with the white sack on hillside, assumed he was a ranger.

    Comment by Vaughan — May 27, 2021 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  44. Male garganey on r+f, 2 Egyptian geese on Astley. Male linnet bottom of hillside

    Comment by Mel — May 27, 2021 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  45. This morning someone on the hillside field (where the Whimbrel were) was walking all over pulling plants and putting them in a one ton builders white bag.
    This in a field alive with nesting Lapwing, Skylark and Meadow Pipits, obviously all ground nesting birds.
    Plenty of signs up now highlighting the risk of disturbance to ground nesting birds from straying from the paths.
    I despair.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 27, 2021 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • As I was leaving, I saw a man and woman coming onto the site on the hilside/North Ings path, each with garden shears. The woman was wearing an official looking ID badge on a lanyard so I assume that they were authorised.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 27, 2021 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  46. Sanderling in lagoon this afternoon.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 26, 2021 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  47. An Avocet flew over the reedbeds onto Round Island at Astley Lake for a few minutes, then headed off east and dropped towards the Main Lake. The pair of Egyptian Geese were back on Long Island. A Great White Egret appeared on The Bulge at the Main Lake, but the Black-headed Gulls were less pleased than me to see it and soon chased it off south.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 26, 2021 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  48. Little Grebe with four young in the first channel on the ERB from the prison gates on the R&F path. Franklin’s Gull back on the WRB, same place as before, standing on both legs now and sometimes just on its left leg. Horrific sight on the Middle Ings, near the Cattlegate, of a Greylag Goose with its lower mandible almost torn off and blood all over its head – RSPB notified.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 24, 2021 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  49. 6 Dunlin Main Lake. N shore. Seemed to me that there was a lot of nest material being gathered by BH gulls. Maybe repairs following poor weather.

    Comment by Peter Newbound — May 23, 2021 @ 11:43 am | Reply

    • Also 2 Turnstone and a 2cy Little Gull main lake

      Comment by Dave Hunton — May 23, 2021 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

    • Pair of Teal, male Pintail, 3 wigeon, LRP

      Comment by Jim Welford — May 23, 2021 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  50. An Osprey flew over Astley this evening, circled over Swilly Park and proceeded to hunt for around twenty minutes, drifted back east towards the hillside, then returned. A Marsh Harrier flew low over the hillside to the west. Four Red Kites also over Swilly Park.

    Comment by RobP — May 22, 2021 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  51. Drake Garganey Stint Island, 2 Dunlin Black Pipe Bay this morning

    Comment by Peter Newbound — May 22, 2021 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  52. Turnstone and 3 Dunlin main lake this afternoon. Iceland gull lagoon. No sign of Franklin’s gull.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 22, 2021 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  53. as below re Franklin’s gull at 7-8pm. Also a Cuckoo in shrubs opposite the path down from Lemonroyd Bridge @ 8pm

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 21, 2021 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  54. Turnstone opposite new sluice Franklin’s gull on r&f .

    Comment by jockslad — May 21, 2021 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  55. 21/5 Franklin’s gull was found again at 3.40pm on ridge and furrow near wooden gate and big rock. Seemed sleepy, inactive and possibly even sick.

    Comment by Brian Needham — May 21, 2021 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  56. Info on our Franklin’s Gull from BirdGuides Review of the Week: “ Amazingly, the small white mirror in the outermost right primary allowed it to be confirmed as the bird that visited multiple sites in Yorkshire in 2020 before heading overseas, pitching up at Skudeneshavn, Norway, from 17-29 January and at both Stavele and Diksmuide, Belgium, from 4-25 April.”

    Comment by Philip Walton — May 21, 2021 @ 10:32 am | Reply

    • Great post Phil.

      Comment by petegriff — May 22, 2021 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  57. Adult summer plumage Franklin’s Gull still present seen on the western reed bed and black pipe bay.
    Other birds include a drake Pintail and Teal on Phalarope Pool and 2 drake Wigeon on the bay. A Little Egret in on the river and a summer plumage Turnstone is by the main lake opposite Caroline bridge

    Comment by Vaughan — May 20, 2021 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Sorry Wigeon on the main lake

      Comment by Vaughan — May 20, 2021 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  58. 20th May 8:45 bittern seen taking low short flight down the Western RB/Lemonroyd lake channel opposite the green sluice.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 20, 2021 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  59. Franklin’s Gull has a faint blush of pink and stood on both legs for a short time. When stood on one it got blown over 3 times, so sat.
    At twin seats Astley a party of Bearded Tit was found to be 5 males and a female, not a family!
    2 Spoonbill flew west over reedbeds before gaining height and returning east.

    Comment by Julian — May 19, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

    • Turnstone opposite new sluice and franklins gull on r&f

      Comment by jockslad — May 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  60. Turnstone opposite Caroline spit on small island this morning. Drake Pintail on North ings. Franklin’s gull still attracting the crowds.
    Drake Goldeneye on main lake yesterday morning.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 19, 2021 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  61. 3 juv Bearded Tit wrb adjacent Astley causeway, not proficient at flight and pinging vociferously were joined by an adult.
    Lesser Whitethroat canal entrance to Skelton to bridge, not in tune!
    A male Yellow Wagtail r&f whilst waiting for gull, flew off and then there were 3

    Comment by Julian — May 18, 2021 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  62. Franklin’s Gull with Black-headed Gulls, 6.15pm to 7.05pm at least, by the rock near the metal sheet piles off the path between the reedbeds and r&f

    Comment by Reuben Mew — May 18, 2021 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  63. A Franklin’s Gull was found on the western reed bed at 07:30. The bird is in full summer plumage apart from a few flecks of white on the hood. Possibly had a injured leg as always stood one footed.
    Two drake Garganey were on Astley lake

    Comment by Vaughan — May 18, 2021 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

    • Flight photo’s seem to indicate the bird has only one leg

      Comment by Dave Hunton — May 18, 2021 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

      • Dave, I will send you a couple of photos showing its left leg, which it protects.

        Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 18, 2021 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

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