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  1. Finally caught up with Hobby over Astley Lake. Just six Ringed Plovers and three Dunlins on the Main Lake, also a female Goldeneye (DIH).

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 23, 2017 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  2. 1 Ruff on black pipe bay this afternoon. 1 Ringed plover main bay.

    Comment by jim munro — May 22, 2017 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

    • Six ringed plover, three redshank and two dunlin early evening on main bay, ruff on bulge. Spoonbill showed briefly on r&f. Med gull showing well on lagoon island. Red kite and buzzard over hillside. Several reed warbler carrying nesting material.

      Comment by Rob P — May 22, 2017 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  3. Early afternoon – whinchat on hillside near usual fence.
    4 turnstone and 1 sanderling on black pipe bay.
    Cuckoo flew high over the ridge & furrow and landed near cuckoo tree.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 20, 2017 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

    • Second Sanderling black pipe bay, med gull and arctic tern.

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — May 20, 2017 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

    • Cuckoo flew past the warren toward Methley Copse when the heavens opened approx 13:15

      Comment by Chris Doyle — May 20, 2017 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

      • Green Sandpiper also on lagoon briefly early morning. Possibly same bird seen on Skelton at 4pm. Also at Skelton, two green woodpecker and little egret.

        Comment by Rob P — May 20, 2017 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  4. 16 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlin and 2 Turnstones Main Lake. Also 3 Wigeon and 7 Teal there. One distinctly unimpressive Whinchat on the fence line at the bottom of the hillside. Cuckoo calling from just south of the dragline and later (presumably the same bird) near Caroline Bridge. 3 Red Kites over the site.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — May 20, 2017 @ 11:13 am | Reply

    • 18 Ringed Plover at 12.00 p.m.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — May 20, 2017 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  5. Early morning saw 8 dunlin, 10 ringed plover and 2 little ringed plover on main lake. Cuckoo was in the bushes adjacent to Caroline pond. The very dark buzzard was in the hillside trees.

    Comment by Rob P — May 18, 2017 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • Ruff in Black Pipe bay at 11.45.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — May 18, 2017 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  6. At the Main Lake yesterday’s Ruff still present, also 12 Ringed Plovers and 8 Dunlins, with 7 Arctic Terns over the lake. At Astley Lake a pair of Oystercatchers with at least one young on Long Island.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 17, 2017 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • Also, snipe drumming over hillside and r&f. Yellow wagtail briefly near causeway, then flew north west.

      Comment by Rob P — May 17, 2017 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

      • Pair of Yellow Wagtails yesterday evening in same area – first I have seen for a while

        Comment by sibgchairman — May 17, 2017 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  7. Around the edges of the Main Lake; 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 11 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlins, 1 Sanderling, 1 Ruff. Grey Plover heard calling but not seen in rain. On the lagoon islands Oystercatcher pair with two young. Two more Dunlins at Astley Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 16, 2017 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  8. Grey Plover, 2 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin Main Lake early morning.
    2 Barnacle Geese on R&F.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 15, 2017 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  9. Yet another Grey Plover this morning on main bay and 6 Turnstones on lagoon islands

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 14, 2017 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

    • Spotted Flycatcher back in Temple Newsam this afternoon

      Comment by Dave Hunton — May 14, 2017 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  10. Yesterday evening 2 arctic tern main bay cuckoo flew from hillside to mickletown chased by black headed gull wigeon 3, golden plover 1, earlier dunlin and ring plover still present.

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — May 14, 2017 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  11. Hobby drifted east over hillside at 6pm. Still not found Spoonbill on ridge and furrow but two Heron and two Little Egret.
    3 Buzzard over Tempy Wood late morning plus singing Curlew. Lots of Blackcap and Chiffchaff all over. Nuthatch taking food to nest hole.

    Comment by petegriff — May 13, 2017 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  12. 3 Black Tern Main Lake 15:50. Possible Blue-headed Wagtail briefly on causeway at 16:30 (DIH DAH)

    Comment by sibgchairman — May 12, 2017 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

    • Dark or pale Headed?

      Comment by Julian — May 13, 2017 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  13. Evening at skeleton greenshank pair of garganey northern golden plover and garden warbler.

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — May 12, 2017 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  14. Male Garganey, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper at Skelton Lake. Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plovers and 3 Arctic Terns north at Astley Lake. Spoonbill again on the ridge and furrow area at St. Aidan’s, with 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin on the Main Lake. Just off site, 5 Little Egrets in the small pool by the Amazon distribution centre off the A63 (Pontefract Lane).

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 12, 2017 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  15. There have been a number of butterfly sightings in the past few days including Small Copper, Dingy Skipper and Brimstone. Please add your records to the other wildlife page.

    Comment by sibgchairman — May 12, 2017 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  16. Another Grey Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin on main bay this morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 11, 2017 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  17. Late news from 10/05/17:
    4 ruff (3 female & 1 male) dropped into black pipe bay but quickly moved onto Caroline Spit around 7:40pm. Another 3 ruff were flying around ridge & furrow not settling at all, shortly after. Not sure if these were a different party or not, but probably were.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  18. Pair of Garganey, flushed from the small ditch at bottom of hillside this morning.

    Comment by Darren Ward — May 10, 2017 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  19. Drake Garganey and two Greenshanks at Skelton Lake this morning, Whimbrel on north bank of Main Lake at 1100hrs.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 10, 2017 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  20. Another Grey Plover on main spit, Sanderling on bulge with 3 Ringed Plover and the Spoonbill showing well (through heat haze) on ridge and furrow

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 10, 2017 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  21. 2 Adult Med Gulls over Shan House Bridge at 16.25.
    There looks to be a dead white winged gull in the lagoon.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 9, 2017 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  22. Five Turnstones on the lagoon islands this afternoon. Possibly a first for the year – a bit of heat haze in the sunshine this pm. I did my Breeding Bird Survey between Lemonroyd and Fishpond Locks this morning, but could have done with a bit of the later sunshine to persuade some birds to sing. Species I would normally expect, but didn’t see (or hear), included Cuckoo,Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Coal Tit, Linnet and Reed Bunting, but I did record Little Egret (obviously not breeding) for the first time.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 9, 2017 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  23. This morning – 4 Whinchat in north-east corner of ridge and furrow with a single Wheatear.. The Spoonbill showed well preening on top of the bank alongside the southern channel on the r&f. The 2 male Ruff remain, single Turnstone on lagoon island was a duller bird than yesterdays and the Med gull is still with the Black-headed gulls which now have chicks. Large numbers of Swifts and Swallows across the site.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 9, 2017 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  24. Greenshank (later 2, DAH), Common Sand, 2 R Plover & 2 LRP Skelton this am.

    Comment by Gordon — May 8, 2017 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  25. Common Whitethroat spotted in brush along canal south of Skelton lake, and grey wagtail on river in same area at 16:45 on 8/5/16.

    Comment by Steph Power — May 8, 2017 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  26. 2 young robins on site yesterday, turnstone on causeway main lake then flushed by walkers 17.00pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — May 8, 2017 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  27. Turnstone on lagoon islands and now 2 Ruff on ridge and furrow (a black-headed full summer male has joined the regular male)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 8, 2017 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  28. Whimbrel on Astley flew at 1815hrs . Kingfishers busy taking fish upriver past hide.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — May 8, 2017 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  29. At least 17 Sand Martin prospecting at 8pm at Bowers Lake. Male Wheatear and four Sedge Warblers bottom of hillside near seat. Yellowhammer on Astley Lane.

    Comment by petegriff — May 7, 2017 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  30. Pete Griffin

    23/03/17 Mink observed from hide stalking Mallards.
    Pics available

    Comment by Mick Noble — March 25, 2017 @ 11:52 am | Reply


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