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  1. Nine Black tailed Godwits on Astley Lake this morning headed off N at 1115 hrs. 28 Curlew in the Balance Res fields until flushed by a dog walker.

    Comment by John Martin — April 13, 2021 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

  2. Post for 12th.
    Juvenile Iceland Gull on back of main lake 16.00-16.50 opposite Caroline Spit.
    2 Green Sandpiper on Main Spit Western side.
    2 Yellow Wagtail on Bulge in and out of thin line of daisies.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — April 13, 2021 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  3. Four male and two female Wheatears on North Ings this evening. A juv. Marsh Harrier was driven south by the gulls. Twelve Redshanks around the main lake and North Ings. Drake Pintail on main lake.

    Comment by RobP — April 12, 2021 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  4. On the North ings 100m beyond the loosely associated pair of Wheatear, was a Jack Snipe which was on show for 20min around 1400. It had a limp, perhaps on the right leg. Briefly a second Jack Snipe scuttled from one piece of cover to another, passing close to the first.

    Comment by Julian — April 12, 2021 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  5. Really enjoyed a visit today. The black-necked grebes were great in the sunshine, and the willow, cettis, blackcaps and chiff-chaffs by the river were a delight. Thanks to all for the effort in making the reserve attractive

    Comment by Chris Elliott — April 12, 2021 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks to all involved in the wildfowl count (WeBS) on Sunday and for returning counts in good time. The totals from Skelton Lake to the Main Lake are as below.

    Little Grebe 15, Great Crested Grebe 21, Black-necked Grebe 29, Cormorant 22, Bittern 1, Heron 3, Mute Swan 38, Greylag Goose 196, Canada Goose 297, Shelduck 22, Wigeon 73, Gadwall 75, Teal 17, Mallard 124, Pintail 1, Shoveler 20, Pochard 97, Tufted Duck 363, Goldeneye 18, Goosander 5, Water Rail 3, Moorhen 80, Coot 258, Kingfisher 1.

    Unfortunately the Slavonian Grebe had departed to Fairburn Ings and just avoided the count.

    This morning 39 Whooper Swans flew north at Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 12, 2021 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  7. 51 Whooper Swans in from SW and down onto Black Pipe Bay during the snow.18.15hrs

    Comment by Tony Wood — April 11, 2021 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  8. On R+F, 3 Wheatear (2 males + female) 6 Common Snipe, Crossroads by main lake, 2 LRP and 2 Common Redshank.

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — April 11, 2021 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  9. 2 grey partridge on the hillside, wheatear on r+f, buzzard over Astley, 2 oystercatchers and 3 curlew flew over r+f, song thrush, long tailed tit and chiffchaff on perimeter path. 3 Goldeneye ( one male and two female) lemonroyd, little grebe on wrb

    Comment by Mel — April 11, 2021 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

    • There was a brood of 10 Mallard ducklings on the ERB.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — April 11, 2021 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  10. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling loudly behind The Warren this morning for a few minutes but appeared to have been moving through.
    LRP at crossroads. Two Yellow Wagtails and a Dunlin on the main spit. Two Common Sandpipers on the Balance Res. At least three different groups of Bearded Tits between the edge of RRB and Astley.

    Comment by RobP — April 11, 2021 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    • No sign of grasshopper warbler near Warren early pm.

      Comment by Brian Needham — April 11, 2021 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  11. Skelton Lake first thing, 3 Green Sandpipers. Later at 0845, 4 Wheatear in the field above the trailer gate (St Aidans)

    Comment by Reuben — April 11, 2021 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  12. On the first stretch of water behind the Wheatear where the Snipes had been 2 LRP could be found, but were often hidden.
    Marsh Harrier flew at height West over the Warren.

    Comment by Julian — April 10, 2021 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  13. A male yellowhammer on fleakingley lane by Great Preston Wild Flower Meadow. At least 4 red-legged partridge in this area also.
    A flock of c100 finches on the hill top were mainly goldfinch and redpoll but also included a couple of Siskin.
    1 common buzzard on the fence line of fleakingley beck.
    Chiffchaff, willow warbler and a pair of blackcap in the hedge between the geese fields.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 10, 2021 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  14. Up to 4 Common Sandpiper (minimum of 2) on main lake this morning, other waders included 2 LRP, Dunlin, 6 Blackwits, and Avocet.
    The Slav grebe which is quickly attaining it’s summer plumage was between main spit and warren .
    2 Yellow and 3 White wagtails were on the bulge and Wheatear was on the North ings. 2 pairs of Bearded tits seen in eastern reedbed

    Comment by Dave Hunton — April 10, 2021 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  15. Which is donut lake?

    Comment by Steve Meredith — April 10, 2021 @ 6:45 am | Reply

    • Hi Steve
      From the visitor centre walk up the path at the bottom of the hillside then take your first left. After a short distance you will see a small piece of water on the ridge and furrow to the left, this is donut pond. As you look at the pond, the Eastern reedbed will be behind you. Hope this makes sense.

      Comment by Jim Munro — April 10, 2021 @ 7:03 am | Reply

      • Thank you

        Comment by Steve meredith — April 10, 2021 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  16. 24 Black-Tailed Godwit this evening. Initially just 6 in black pipe bay, then 8 more in flight. Later 22 birds in flight together with 2 remaining in black pipe bay.
    2 Dunlin main spit, LRP at the crossroads.
    A pair of Garganey were on the doughnut pond and the 2 Wheatear were still on the ridge and furrow.
    Late evening produced a huge swarm of Sand Martin over the main lake with the odd Swallow here and there.

    Comment by Jim Munro — April 9, 2021 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  17. Two yellow wagtails on South Ings this afternoon viewed from the Warren. Drake pintail on the Main Bay. Two pink-footed geese also on South Ings. Two wheaters present on North Ings seen from footpath below hillside.

    Comment by Martin Robinson — April 9, 2021 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  18. Drake Pintail middle Ings. A pair of Avocets on Astley and 6 Blackwits in black pipe bay. Two White Wagtails were by the main lake. Plenty of Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.
    Three Little Egrets

    Comment by Vaughan — April 9, 2021 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  19. Three different bitterns booming on survey this morning. Also two LRP on R&F near crossroads, plenty of linnets, a couple of bearded tits on ERB and a sparrowhawk over reedbeds.

    Comment by John Ingham — April 9, 2021 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  20. An Osprey picked up over the hillside then spiralled up and drifted off east. Around the Main Lake were two Pink-footed Geese, one Avocet, one Green Sandpiper and ten Black-tailed Godwits.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 8, 2021 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  21. Redshank visable from warren on fist island.

    Little owl showing well on sleepers in compound.

    Slav grebe on main lake.

    Oystercatcher on ridge & Furrow

    Comment by Joe (jjd) — April 8, 2021 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  22. Two Yellow Wagtails on the main spit this evening. A Green Sandpiper was in the bay below The Warren, along with two Redshanks. Single Little Ringed and Ringed Plover on The Bulge. Six Blackwits flew over the ERB. Three Red-legged Partridges on Hillside.

    Comment by RobP — April 7, 2021 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  23. Beyond the 2 Wheatear on North ings were 3(later 4)Common Snipe on a small patch of open water, almost hidden to their left was a Jack Snipe.
    A solitary male Yellow Wagtail was mobile around the bulge in the afternoon, thanks to the fairburn birder for finding it.
    Flooded horsefield Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and couple of Pied wagtail.

    Comment by Julian — April 7, 2021 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

    • Little grebe WRB, peregrine over hillside, kestrel also hillside, buzzard over r+f

      Comment by Mel — April 8, 2021 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  24. This morning two Tree Sparrows on feeders at Little Preston

    Comment by John Martin — April 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  25. Just joined the group when will I get my psssword etc

    Good birding


    Comment by Darrell prest — April 7, 2021 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

    • Is Darrell Prest related to Ian Prest (Chief Executive of RSPB 2013) and one time Birder and Committee Member / President Leeds Birdwatchers ?

      Comment by Nigel Jones — April 8, 2021 @ 11:09 am | Reply

      • No !!! Though my father is called Ian by coincidence

        Comment by Darrell prest — April 8, 2021 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  26. Still two Common Sandpipers at Skelton Lake, also two Green Sandpipers and a White Wagtail there.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 7, 2021 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  27. A drake Pintail was on the middle Ings and a pair were on the main lake. The middle Ings also had a Black necked Grebe and 5 Black tailed Godwits(6 were on the main lake so possibly the same birds). Other waders included 18 Curlews on fields above balance lake. A LRP was seen in flight near Astley with JM and the Ringed Plover was by the main lake. Two Wheatear were on the north Ings. A Grey Heron was seen swallowing a very large Pike.

    Comment by Vaughan — April 7, 2021 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  28. This morning two Common Sandpipers were on the spit at Skelton Lake and the Slavonian Grebe was back on the Main Lake between the Rabbit Warren and the Main Spit.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 6, 2021 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  29. This morning a thin scatter of Swallows in with the Sand Martins, two Redshank appeared to come in from the East over Bower,s mid morning. Later 3 Redshank were on Astley Lake and a pair of Oystercatcher were on the Balance Res draw down.
    Two Golden Plover were on Astley Hillside, a fairly dowdy bird and a bright well marked “Northern” (altifrons type) bird. in the same area two Pink footed Geese were with the feral goose flock.
    Single Tree Sparrow still making daily visits to garden feeders in Little Preston.

    Comment by John Martin — April 6, 2021 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  30. Two wheatear by trailer gate this evening, pair of Pintail in Black Pipe Bay.

    Comment by Jim Welford — April 5, 2021 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  31. 2 Black ringed grebe spotted today have photos

    Comment by MjDennett — April 5, 2021 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

    • By this do you mean grebes bearing a black leg ring or Black-necked Grebes?

      Comment by Dave Hunter — April 6, 2021 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  32. At Skelton 4 Snipe, Little Egret an Water Rail along Colton Beck and Wheatear in cleared field to the north.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — April 5, 2021 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  33. A Grey Plover flew west this morning seen by Rick Swales and Ian Smith.
    The Slavonian Grebe is showing well on Lemonroyd. A Ringed Plover and 4 Black tailed Godwits were at the main lake. Other birds included Peregrine, House Martin and 2 Swallows.

    Comment by Vaughan — April 5, 2021 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  34. This morning on the Leventhorpe horse paddock flash, Curlew 23 and Wigeon 27 including an injured (broken wing) bird probable shot.

    Comment by John Martin — April 5, 2021 @ 10:14 am | Reply

    • An additional record from 4th, female Mallard with brood of 11 small ducklings on Western Reed bed.

      Comment by John Martin — April 5, 2021 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  35. House Martin over main lake yesterday morning (Rob Hopson) Slavonian Grebe main lake still. Five Blackwit on main lake shore and pair of Pintail still.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — April 5, 2021 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  36. Green sandpiper on leventhorpe hall pond this afternoon (04/04/21)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 5, 2021 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  37. 2 bearded tits 8 black necked grebes 1 red kite 6 buzzards 6 Cetti’s warblers 2 bitterns booming

    Is there a detailed map showing the areas

    Many thanks

    Comment by Darrell prest — April 4, 2021 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

    • If you click on “Site Information” in the menu on the right of this page, it’ll take you to several detailed maps of the recording area. If the answer isn’t there, just ask!

      Comment by Philip Walton — April 4, 2021 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  38. A drake Garganey was on Astley early morning and a single Avocet. C.09:35 an Osprey flew high over to the west and two Egyptian Geese were present. Five Black-tailed Godwits were on the main lake edges. Two Med. Gulls on Causeway Island. Slav. grebe still in bay below The Warren. Up to five Buzzards showed between landfill and Temple Newsam.

    Comment by RobP — April 4, 2021 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  39. Black-headed Grebe showed well in several places, obviously paired, with what looked like territorial behaviour between pairs.
    Wheatear showed well near donut pond, NW of ridge and furrow,
    although the Garganey had moved onto the Reed bed, so the one on the flooded horsefield is probably another.
    Chiffchaff down but Blackcap and Willow warbler more evident.

    Comment by Julian Pickerling — April 3, 2021 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  40. 2 willow warbler singing on hillside

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 3, 2021 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  41. Iceland gull still present yesterday afternoon (2nd) along with 8 whooper swans.

    Comment by Tony Stones — April 3, 2021 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  42. A male Merlin flew low along the Trailer Gate field this evening , landing on a fence post briefly, before chasing a Meadow Pipit along the hillside. Ruff on Astley, found by AH. Two Curlews flew in over hillside where Little Owl was calling. One Woodcock on North Ings and still several drumming Snipe.

    Comment by RobP — April 2, 2021 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  43. Belated report from Wednesday 31st March, a wing tagged cream crown marsh harrier with a red or orange tag on wing. Awaiting further information

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 2, 2021 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  44. Tree Sparrow on feeders again Little Preston early evening.

    Comment by j — April 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  45. 6 black tailed godwits on middle Ings this afternoon.
    LRP on Astley.
    3 swallows west high over the reedbeds.
    Pair of pintail in ridge & furrow and 1 BNG on there in addition to the birds on the reedbeds.
    2 redshank on the muddy north edge of the balance reservoir.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 2, 2021 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

    • Also second pair of Pintail on main lake between main spit and warren

      Comment by Dave Hunton — April 2, 2021 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  46. Adult male and juvenile bearded tits showing by reedbed path at ‘S’ bend today, flying from bank to bank. Wheatear on rockery left of central path from trailer gate.

    Comment by Brian Needham — April 2, 2021 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  47. Willow Tit in trees between R Aire & Ox-Bow this am.

    Comment by Julian Keeble — April 2, 2021 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  48. Great Egret went east this morning. Slavonian Grebe was on the main lake but distant and juv Iceland Gull still present. Also 2 Ringed Plovers east end of main lake.

    Comment by Vaughan — April 2, 2021 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  49. 2 oystercatchers on ridge and furrow. Buzzard over hillside. Kestrel on oddball.

    Comment by Mel — April 1, 2021 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  50. Tree Sparrow on garden feeders at Little Preston at lunch time. First for about a year.

    Comment by John Martin — April 1, 2021 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  51. A pair of Garganey on the “doughnut” pond in the NW corner of the r&f this morning., a male Wheatear nearby on the mounds alongside the r&f ditch.
    Eleven Whoopers were in Black-pipe bay early on before flying off NW.
    An Avocet and 3 Black-tailed godwits on main lake north shore. Willow Warbler and Blackcap near Caroline bridge and Swallow with the Sand Martin’s over main lake.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — April 1, 2021 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  52. Juvenile Iceland Gull and two L.F intermedius Lesser black back among c100 mainly im Herring Gulls on the Bulge late morning. At least two Black tailed Godwits on North shore of Main Bay..
    More Blackcaps about today with birds at Old Lock 2, Swillington Park, Hall Lane and Little Preston, a light passage of Sand Martins passing up the valley late morning.
    At 1615 hrs a very large and very high raptor drifted East over my garden seat in Little Preston, it was soon lost to view still on a mainly Easterly heading. Most probably an immature White tailed Eagle.

    Comment by John Martin — March 31, 2021 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  53. Great Egret dropped onto eastern end of main lake this evening.

    Comment by RobP — March 31, 2021 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

    • 2 oystercatchers on ridge and furrow. Buzzard over hillside. Kestrel on oddball.

      Comment by Mel — April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  54. Iceland Gull and single PFG on main lake shore viewed from near Caroline Bridge, Slav Grebe seen below Warren.

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — March 31, 2021 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  55. Eight adult Whooper Swans at Skelton Lake early morning. The Slavonian Grebe was still on the Main Lake, but between the Rabbit Warren and the Main Spit this morning. Making the reasonable assumption that this is the bird first photographed on the river near Skelton Lake on 11th February, if it is still here on Easter Sunday it will become the longest-staying bird, overtaking the previous holder from February to April 2011. Two Egyptian Geese on Astley Lake late morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • 11 Whoopers in the afternoon +swimmers and a family on the beach!

      Comment by Julian — March 31, 2021 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  56. Single wheatear about a third of way up hillside yesterday near the vertical fence; somehow missed out again on Slavonian grebe. Rumpus among black headed gulls on ings when I was leaving in pm was a distant bittern which gave up and departed.

    Comment by Brian Needham — March 31, 2021 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  57. Surprised yesterday’s and today’s Wheatear gets no mention (east end of north ings)
    Sparrowhawk(?) with a clear ringtail! Missing primaries and secondaries just to make things interesting!

    Comment by Julian — March 30, 2021 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  58. Excellent post lockdown visit today. Swallow flying upriver in front of hide at 10.00; 8 pairs of black necked grebes between ERB and WRB (1 pair displaying); 59 whooper swans counted; 2 blackcaps singing and the slavonian grebe performing – and all in superb weather. A wonderful tonic to lockdown blues!

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — March 30, 2021 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  59. Swillington Park/Old Astley Lane, this morning;Green and Great spotted Woodpecker. Nuthatch Blackcap (M) Stock Dove three pair along East end of woodland with a further pair iover lookig Astley lake and 13 Curlew feeding in the ouzel meadow.

    Comment by John Martin — March 30, 2021 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

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