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  1. Late nocmig report from Saturday. Significant late Redwing movement with 103 separate calls recorded through the night, probably movement of birds inland as little recorded on coast coming in. Widgeon dropping in between 23:00 and 01:00. Barn Owl at 18:48, 01:33 and 05:48. Tawny Owl calling at 01:25 and Little Owl at 02:12. Snipe were active between 00:30 and 01:45, may have been late migrants as other activity was just after sunset and pre-dawn.

    Comment by RobP — November 24, 2020 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  2. A meagre 66 Pintail counted on the Main Lake this afternoon + pair on the Eastern Reedbed, but 413 Wigeon recorded (almost all on the Main Lake with a handful on the Balance Reservoir) & 287 Gadwall across waters between Astley & the Main Lake. Singles of Redshank & Water Rail on the Eastern Reedbed where a party of Bearded Tits was audible, but not visible. 9 Cetti’s Warblers heard around the St. Aidan’s site. Raptors comprised adult male Marsh Harrier, single Peregrine, 3 Red Kites & two Buzzards. 2 Stonechat at the bottom of the hilliside & 1 at the Warren. 2 Little Egret on the Ridge & Furrow / Main Lake.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — November 24, 2020 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  3. I thought our count of 98 Pintail this evening was exceptional until I read the previous post.
    Two Woodcock flew over our heads three times before landing on the North Ings at about 16.30.
    At least one but probably two pyromaniacs set fire to what looked to be left hand side of the causeway leading up to Methley bridge. Probably the same pollocks tried to light a fire on the path round Bowers, sometimes referred to as Bowers Bimble.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — November 23, 2020 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

    • Let me put your minds at ease, the pollocks are totally innocent. They were p*llocks when I typed it and indeed remain so.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — November 24, 2020 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

      • Just wondering if there is a repeat of fire-raising, how a fire engine would access either Astley spillway or St Aidans causeway as there a steep slope at the north end of each. It would be good to cat h the perpetrators before any lasting damage is done.

        Comment by petegriff — November 24, 2020 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  4. 5 Whooper Swans on main lake this morning (4Ads+1 Imm) . One adult bearing a yellow leg ring but too distant to read . All flew East by mid morning.

    Comment by John Saville — November 23, 2020 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  5. 1 Whooper Swan on main lake this afternoon.
    1 Water Pipit on ridge and furrow.
    3 Chiffchaff around Methley copse with 2 Siskin and 5 Lesser Redpoll nearby.
    Male Marsh Harrier and 1 Little Egret over reedbeds just before dusk.
    Kingfisher seen on ERB with Water Rail and several Cetti’s heard.
    3 Stonechat.
    The Pintail numbers are really impressive.
    I recorded 58 species in just over 2 hours.

    Comment by jim munro — November 23, 2020 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  6. An Oystercatcher at Skelton Lake this morning was just the sixth November bird. From the Rabbit Warren I counted 42 Pintails on the Main Lake. When I got to the Crossroads about 60 in several smaller groups flew round and eventually settled, with a further eight then five dropping in shortly afterwards. These would account for the 115 birds counted later (by MB). There were also two males on the Eastern Reedbed. The total of 117 birds beats the record set just a couple of days ago by just over 50%. One Golden Plover and three Dunlins flew over by the Crossroads with a Redshank on the Eastern Reedbed and 80+ Curlews on the edge of the Main Lake. The Great White Egret was again on the Eastern Reedbed and the male Marsh Harrier ranged between Bowers and Astley Lakes.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 23, 2020 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  7. I have just sent out an email to all current members about the next SIBG meeting. This will be a virtual meeting starting at 7.30 pm on Thursday 3rd December.
    If you haven’t received this email please contact me by using the ‘Contact the Chairman’ link in the navigation pane on the right of this page.
    There are only places for 100 members so if you wish to attend please book early.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — November 23, 2020 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  8. Two Cetti’s disputing territory near VC scrape early. Female Marsh Harrier over South Ings. Male Marsh Harrier tried to take prey from a Red Kite on South Ings bund without success, observed by male Peregrine, sat close by. At least 60 Pintails on main lake, though challenging to count as flying frequently. Redshank on ERB and at least 12 Bearded Tits, with 6 more on WRB.
    Siskins active around Methley Copse. Sparrowhawk on south shore of main lake and a Shelduck flew down the river.
    Late afternoon 47 Rooks in field at Dunstan Hills in Temple Newsam and 55 more near The Shroggs, 7 Red-legged Partridge there too. There were a further 50-60 Rooks near the farm just outside recording area, highest number I’ve had in the park for a long time.

    Comment by RobP — November 22, 2020 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  9. Cettis warbler, for once showing quite well in a Bush on path to crossroads. Marsh harrier over ridge and furrow and sitting on r+f at times

    Comment by Mel — November 22, 2020 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  10. Bittern flew over Astley lake into reed beds 10.45 am

    Comment by Alex Aylward — November 22, 2020 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  11. Walk from Skelton Lake to TempleNewsam via Temple Green Farm this morning.

    38 BHG on skelton along with 5 Little Egrits & a Shovler a first on the lake for me and 1 Whooper.

    Redkite over Biffa Land fill, Male kestrel in the trees on the path connecting pontefract lane & Sketlon. Then female spotted on pontefract lane itself.

    Lots of Jays sightings all up the path towards newsam Green. Total of 6 sperate sightings on the way up.

    Over the motorway bridge a fieldfare in the farmers fields. Flock of 20 goldfinches at the Shroggs at Temple newsam and then a flock of 6 long tailed tits furthet down.

    Back near the service station 3 pied wagtails which seem ti be regulars on tge grass roof.

    Comment by Joe Doyle — November 22, 2020 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  12. There were still 69 Pintail on Main Lake this morning, Great Egret on Reedbeds, Little Egret South Ings and Cream-crown Marsh Harrier. Siskin and Redpoll reported along river corridor. Woodcock reported over Hillside at dusk yesterday

    Comment by Dave Hunter — November 21, 2020 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  13. Chiffchaff in garden at Little Preston this morning,

    Comment by John Martin — November 21, 2020 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  14. This morning, 9 a Whooper Swans circled Bower’s Lake and flew East 1035 hrs.
    c25 Gold Finch in the Lowther Goose fields along with 4 Reed Buntings. Also Jay in the area with a second on the South side of Lowther Lake. A Green Woodpecker was near the Oxbows. With a Male Marsh Harrier over head and later on Ridge and Furrow.

    Comment by John Martin — November 20, 2020 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

    • Thursday afternoon on the bulge at dusk, 80+ Curlew, but still coming in. 45+ Pintail, 47 Herring, 18 GBB but most Herring went south before dusk.

      Comment by petegriff — November 20, 2020 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  15. A few siskin with goldfinch in the trees behind mainlake, two red kites by sluice and a Jay in the trees near there. Kingfisher over Bowers path.

    Comment by Mel — November 19, 2020 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  16. Grey Plover and six Dunlin in Black Pipe Bay mid afternoon. All flew towards Ashley.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — November 19, 2020 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  17. This morning 1st-winter Common Gull on stand in Lemonroyd Lake.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 19, 2020 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  18. This morning there were 73 Pintails on the Main Lake and a pair at Astley Lake, beating the previous record count of 66. The Great White Egret and two Little Egrets flew round over the reedbeds. Four Dunlins and a Green Sandpiper at Astley Lake. One Redshank on the Eastern Reedbed.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 19, 2020 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  19. Friends of Spurn will already have received their copy of “Spurn Wildlife 2019”. For others it is well worth seeking out for a fine appreciation of local stalwart Gillian Granger 1931-2019. “something of an activist” “volunteer warden at Fairburn Ings from the early days”,
    and frequent visitor to the Swillington Ings area. “a skilled bird watcher, botanist and all round naturalist”

    Comment by John Martin — November 19, 2020 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  20. Male blackcap in apple tree in the oddball compound

    Comment by mel — November 19, 2020 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  21. A brief visit to check on the gull roost between 3pm & 4pm was disappointing, with a maximum of 60 large gulls opposite caroline spit – roughly 40 Herring and 20 Great black-backed gulls. I also counted 41 Pintail in black pipe bay, but could have been more behind the lagoon islands.
    Cetti’s warbler singing from the rabbit warren, and lesser redpoll along the riverside.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 18, 2020 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

    • For local gull interest, two ad Med Gull into Eccup res roost this aft in with many Black headed and Common Gull.( per Paul Singleton )

      Comment by petegriff — November 18, 2020 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  22. Yesterday Water Pipit on the filter beds with a brief but successful visit by a Sparrowhawk. Redshank on Astley and the 2 small waders have changed to Dunlin!

    Comment by Julian Pickering — November 18, 2020 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  23. There were 39 Pintail on Main Lake this afternoon Also male Marsh Harrier and Great Egret at dusk.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — November 17, 2020 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

    • Also, just for interest, at least 21 pintail at Lin Dyke, Fairburn this morning. Great to see so many around

      Comment by Linda Jenkinson — November 17, 2020 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  24. Hi All,
    This is a note to give you a heads up for 2 planned pieces of work. Firstly, the EA will be repairing a section of the reservoir embankment along haul road (planned to start w/c 23rd Nov). Secondly, a sub-contractor will be replacing the sluice from the reservoir (splitter pond side) on behalf of Leeds City council. There is no confirmed start date but is likely to be in the coming weeks. Both are likely to cause some disruption whilst they are on site.

    Cheers,
    Andrew (RSPB Warden)

    Comment by md — November 17, 2020 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  25. This morning there was a completely white Pheasant in the field next to Leventhorpe Hall Pond. If you see it wandering about please don’t report it as a Ptarmigan.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 17, 2020 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  26. I’m going to become a member in January and was wondering where you park off fleet lane. I’ve always parked at St Aidens carpark. I’ve looked at the maps and no where is highlighted to parking

    Comment by Adrian Nicholson — November 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

    • Drive down Fleet Lane past the entrance to the West Yorkshire Football HQ, where the road narrows, continue to a sharp left-hand bend by Water Haigh Farm, continue under a railway bridge then over a bridge over the canal with the old Oil Depot on the left, round another sharp left-hand bend and park in the car park on the right. From there you can walk down to Lemonroyd Bridge, cross the river and enter the reserve.

      Comment by Paul Morris — November 17, 2020 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

      • Is that for anyone ?

        Comment by Brenda — November 17, 2020 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

        • Yes

          Comment by Rob Leighton — November 17, 2020 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

          • Thankyou for asking the question and the detailed info

            Comment by Brenda — November 17, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

      • Thank you

        Comment by Adrian Nicholson — November 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  27. 2 small waders with Lapwing landed on the lagoon islands, looked like the Common Sandpiper from a couple of days ago. Green Sandpiper on wwtw.

    Comment by Julian Pickering — November 16, 2020 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  28. 5 whoopers and at least 19 pintail on main lake this morning with male marsh harrier hunting successfully on edge of ridge and furrow. 1 kite over the hillside and 1 snipe seen lifting briefly from eastern reedbed

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — November 16, 2020 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  29. Next to nothing on middle & north Ings for WeBS this morning. 29 teal, 13 moorhen, 10 Canada geese & 1 little egret. Never seen the r&f so devoid of birds

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 15, 2020 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  30. 70+ Pink footed Geese high East over Little Preston 0945 hrs. EAM
    WeBS count produced Little Egret, Wigeon 36 and Goosander 2 at Lowther Lake.

    Comment by John Martin — November 15, 2020 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  31. Interesting photo in the gallery which seems to show a Golden Plover with a dark underwing. Pic by Steve Cribbin

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 15, 2020 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

    • Worth checking for American and Pacific Plovers?

      Comment by petegriff — November 16, 2020 @ 1:46 am | Reply

      • Pintail two drakes and i think female in eastern reedbed area viewable from path running through middle. 2 stonechat in shrubs near balancing reservoir.32 Starlings in Ridge & Furrow amongst the geese.

        Comment by Joseph Doyle — November 16, 2020 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  32. Great white egret on ERB. 2 jays in trees behind main lake and two further down behind lemonroyd. Green woodpecker also there. Red kite low over car park.

    Comment by Mel — November 15, 2020 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  33. 21 Pintails (13 Drakes) on the Main Lake early morning, with 2 more drakes on ERB. 23 were then seen flying NW at 10:00 by AT and myself, not sure if they were the same birds as didn’t have time to check Main Lake again. c150 Pink Feet east over the hillside, Red Kite there also.
    Male Marsh Harrier over South Ings sent 85 Curlews up. Peregrine also present.
    Great Egret still on ERB.
    4 Bullfinches around Methley Copse, good to see as have been somewhat sparse this autumn.

    Comment by RobP — November 15, 2020 @ 11:48 am | Reply

    • Pintail numbers on main lake had risen to 30+ by late morning.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — November 15, 2020 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  34. Highlights from walk with my wife on Friday at 3-4:30pm:
    – Firecrest heard in a gorse/gorse-like bush on the path between ERB and WRB. Potentially 2 but definitely 1 (1 bird flew away over path before visual was then gained on remaining bird). Identified and distinguished from Goldcrest by black stripe through eye and more defined start and end to notes (Goldcrest call thinner and wheezier). Very unusual to find, but we feel fairly confident in the ID.
    – 140+ Lapwings on Astley Lake islands.
    – Kingfisher seen from bridge by wier, flying upstream.

    Comment by Ewan McKechnie — November 15, 2020 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  35. At Little Preston a steady movement of Starlings and thrushes throughout the day. No meaningful tally but late afternoon one party of c50 Redwings and 5 Fieldfare went SW. At 1530 hrs a party of 5 Goosander flew South.

    Comment by John Martin — November 15, 2020 @ 7:15 am | Reply

  36. Large group of goldcrest in the woodland and 2 redwing. Male drake pintail on eastern reedbed.

    Comment by Owen — November 14, 2020 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  37. Kingfisher in garden on Fleakingley Beck Little Preston this morning. Also more thrushes c20 Redwings and 2 Fieldfares. All being harassed by the resident incumbent Mistle Thrush.
    Single Lesser Redpoll with c25 Goldfinches.

    Comment by John Martin — November 14, 2020 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  38. A productive walk from Woodlesford Lock this AM provided a kingfisher on the river from the viewing platform, 3x greylag overhead that dropped down in the fields around Leverthorpe Hall pond.
    Black grouse x2 and a grey heron feeding at the waters edge on the river bend from the viewing screen.
    Male kestrel with prey near the dredging plant, several mixed finch flocks along the walk.
    6x fieldfares in and around apple trees on other side of riverbank.
    2x goosander on river along with the usual mallards, and mute swans with gulls over on river & canal.
    Little egret dropped in on river at overflow from fishpond lock and gave great views from Bridge.
    2x redwing feeding on berries at concrete bridge.
    Single Jay and single great spotted woodpecker in woods shortly before railway bridge.
    On way back female kestrel hunting to side of dredging plant, swooped twice but didn’t come up with prey.
    Flock of 15/20 long tailed tits in trees between Fishpond and Woodlesford lock, around swampy area. With M&F bullfinch not far after the same area.
    4x brambling under and around feeders at residential moorings with single treecreeper on tree between viewing screen and permanent mooring car park.

    Comment by Phil J — November 13, 2020 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • This is the second claim of Black Grouse in the last week. Before anyone else starts claiming them I would like to make it clear the Black Grouse is a very rare bird in Yorkshire away from a few core areas, mainly on high moorland, and even there numbers are fairly limited. It is highly unlikely that one would be seen in this area, and unless a photograph showing the bird which also allows the location to be verified is produced the records will be discounted.

      Comment by Paul Morris — November 13, 2020 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  39. Six Common Gulls on the main lake opposite the outlet sluice at 10:40 yesterday, three adults and three 2nd-winter (?).

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 13, 2020 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  40. Late morning, Red Kite over reed beds, 2x Little Egrits on Ridge & Furrow, 1 Bartailed Godwit on Astley ‘Large’ Island, Pied Wagtail behind the hide & 2 little grebes on lemonroyd, flash of a kingfisher off the weir but dissapeared towards lemonroyd marina.

    Comment by Joe — November 13, 2020 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

  41. 1 very vocal and flighty water pipit on the filter beds this lunchtime

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 13, 2020 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  42. Stars of the day were two late Common Sandpipers on Astley, a Redshank on the ERB, a Peregrine sat on the South Ings, a Marsh Harrier and Kite over the R&F, at least seven Goosander on Lemonroyd and several Buzzards around the site.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — November 12, 2020 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  43. Great white egret on ERB, 1 snipe on reservoir at least 3 linnets by crossroads. Two red kite over car park

    Comment by Mel — November 12, 2020 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  44. 1 water pipit on the filter beds, mainly on bed 7 but also coming on to number 5.
    Bed 5 also held a 1st winter Pied Wagtail (yarrelli) which looks a little white Wagtail like but clearly has a black lower rump and upper tail coverts. By no way am I suggesting the recent white is erroneous, just pointing it out so people who are looking through the wagtails don’t get confused

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 12, 2020 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  45. Gathering of 14 goldeneye on Astley Lake at 15.45 today. Incidentally, back on Nov 2nd I came across one of these black pheasants along the pathway through the ERB I noticed one in the distance which at first resembled a hen capercaillie!! As I approached closer I re-entered reality with an extremely dark plumaged hen pheasant in front of me.

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — November 10, 2020 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  46. 7 Golden Plover on ERB at 12:30. 3m and 1f Goldeneye on the balancing reservoir at 13:30.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 10, 2020 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    • Also 3 Redshank, 2 Dunlin and drake Pintail ERB at 16:00.
      Great Egret on R&F departed at dusk

      Comment by Dave Hunter — November 10, 2020 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  47. At 14:30 a large raptor flew towards me over the ERB, as it approached the path it turned North and showed itself to be a ringtail Hen Harrier, it then dissapeared over the hillside.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — November 10, 2020 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  48. 8 Goldeneye on the balance reservoir at 14:30 – 6 males at various moult stages and 2 female-types, with some early practice courtship display. 3 Bearded Tits on the path through the reed beds about ten minutes earlier. A pair of Pintails on the ERB at 13:50 with the male approaching full breeding plumage. A Grey Wagtail on the Middle Ings from the Bowers path in murky conditions at 15:30.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 10, 2020 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  49. 11 Whoopers (including 5 juveniles) flew in from NE and continued S at 11:30. Bittern flew from ERB to back of Balance Reservoir. Male and Female Pintail, 2 Redshank, 2 Dunlin and Bearded Tits on ERB. Male Marsh Harrier quartering the wet grassland.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — November 9, 2020 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  50. 3 Bramblings 2m 1f were on the southern edge of Swilly park at 12.30PM sat in a Ash tree for 5 minutes before flying off WSW, the birds were found by A. Robertshaw.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 9, 2020 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  51. My wife and I made our first ever visit to the filter beds this afternoon at 1510, hoping to see the Water Pipit. No luck on that front, but we did bump into (almost literally) a Black Grouse at the gates! It was as shocked as us and forced itself through a gap into the works. Is that a new bird for the recording area for this year?

    We walked over to Astley Lake by about 15:45, nothing unusual spotted there but lovely to watch the Starling murmurations and to listen to the Water Rail’s prehistoric calls.

    Headed back to the car park by the hide and upon arriving there at around 16:50, we were lucky enough to see a Barn Owl fly over the road heading towards St Aidans.

    Comment by Ewan McKechnie — November 8, 2020 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

    • Hi Ewan,

      Not only would Black Grouse be new for the year, it would be a new bird for the area. Black Grouse is a very scarce bird in Yorkshire, almost entirely on high ground in the very north of the county, many miles away from here. I’m sure that what you saw was one of the several black (melanistic) Pheasants that have been released locally.

      Comment by Paul Morris — November 9, 2020 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

      • Hi Paul,

        Ahh interesting, that would explain why I didn’t see any of the white undertail feathers or white wing bar you would expect on a Black Grouse! It’s colour was very dark, but I think you must be right. Thanks for the insight!

        Quick question – with regards to birding at the filter beds, is the only place to do this the short ‘path’ along the fence edge to the left of the gate?

        Comment by Ewan McKechnie — November 10, 2020 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

        • Hi Ewan,

          Yes, unfortunately that is the only access, so viewing is through the wire fence and often against the sun (not a problem lately).

          Comment by Paul Morris — November 10, 2020 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  52. Yesterday about 1030 another skein of Pink footed Geese high over Little Preston in the mist seemed to be heading West.
    Appeared to be more Blackbirds around than of late, at least 10 feeding on windfall Apples in the orchard at Beck Cottage. c1800 hrs Wigeon calling over Little Preston. A nice addition to the garden year list. 69 sp.

    Comment by John Martin — November 8, 2020 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  53. On a very foggy morning – eighteen Golden Plovers on South Ings. Despite the weather, Bearded Tits were active. Thought I’d done ok with six on Astley, then groups of seven and five on WRB and twelve on ERB around s-bend. Heading back could hear a good number on ERB towards Trailer Gate, where thirty two irrupted, flew over North Ings before splitting into three groups and dropping back into reedbeds.
    Water Rails also very vocal, at least nine calling around reedbeds.

    Comment by RobP — November 7, 2020 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  54. More Pink footed geese over Little Preston this morning about 1030. High over the mist seemed to be heading West.
    A few more Blackbirds (10) around the garden today,mainly feeding on windfall Apples in the orchard most were very jumpy so probably incoming migrants.
    Yesterday at dusk 3 Siskin flew South.

    Comment by John Martin — November 7, 2020 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  55. Skeins of Pink-footed Geese were heard calling four times over the main site between 0930 and 1000am and over then Lemonroyd WWTW at 1100am but despite two of them passing directly overhead none was visible in the fog. A Water Pipit was calling near the Crossroads and one was on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 6, 2020 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  56. Yesterday a Green Sandpiper flew towards Swillington Park, after being flushed by the work party.
    This morning 0945 hrs Pink footed Geese calling in the mist over Little Preston

    Comment by John Martin — November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  57. Juvenile Sparrowhawk flew low over Bowers path, from R&F, 07:50 this morning. Six Whooper Swans flew low over ERB, near central path, heading towards Astley at 09:55. Great Egret low over path at same time before landing in ERB.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 4, 2020 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

    • Missed off the Goldcrest, two heard by RP and one seen and photographed (ID only), in the gorse bushes between the South Ings and the ERB at about 9:30 4/11/20.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — November 5, 2020 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  58. Of interest the “All 2020 Sightings” page has been updated with Octobers sightings, you can also see the previous months sightings – See the menu to view or click on the link,
    https://sibg1.wordpress.com/bird-sightings/monthlysightingsreview/ (Reviews provided by the recorder P. Morris).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 3, 2020 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  59. 9 Buzzards together over R&F mid morming, also Peregrine and Red Kite

    Comment by GordonR — November 3, 2020 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  60. The Great White Egret was again on the Middle Ings and two Little Egrets in Black Pipe Bay. Pink-footed Geese were calling towards Lemonroyd Lake but were not seen. At least a dozen vocal and mobile Bearded Tits in the Eastern Reedbed, also three Water Rails calling there (having been scarce recently). A female Scaup was on the Balance Reservoir and seven Whooper Swans (all adults) on Astley Lake. The White Wagtail again on the filterbeds (favouring No. 5 bed).

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 3, 2020 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  61. 3 Red Kites Hillside around midday. Green Sandpiper on Stint Islands on Astley Lake. Eight Little Grebes were on the Balance Reservoir. GWE dropped into reeds on ERB and still 2 Little Egrets on North Ings.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — November 2, 2020 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  62. Some members have told me that they did not receive an email that was sent on October 2nd. Please could anyone who missed this please first check their ‘Spam’ folder and let me know if this still hasn’t reached you. A newsletter has been sent out this morning so also please let me know by way of the link at the bottom the navigation pane on the on the right if this hasn’t arrived.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — October 10, 2020 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  63. In view of the current coronavirus situation it has been decided to close the hide until further notice.

    Comment by sibgchairman — March 22, 2020 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

    • Late news from yesterday Paul, about 150 pfg flew south over Astley about 3pm then another 40ish flew west over St Aidans at about 3:45pm. Also male marsh harrier flew south over st Aidans and a cream crown hunting over ridge and furrow and WRB with peregrine. Sparrowhawk on hillside with kestrel, great egret flew towards Lowther, stonechats at crossroads and between ERB and WRB, 4 redwing over dragline at 4:30

      Comment by Linda Jenkinson — November 6, 2020 @ 4:24 pm | Reply


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