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  1. Six good pictures in the gallery of a Pipit photographed at the weekend by Alan Tremethick. There is a bit of a debate as to whether it’s a Water Pipit or littoralis race of Rock Pipit. Also video of the bird here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBp-KNUXF3k&feature=youtu.be

    Comment by Dave Hunton — March 29, 2017 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  2. A common day started with a Common Scoter probably a 1st Summer male on the Balance Res.
    Mid morning a Common Tern was over the main lake , this is the earliest returning Common Tern for the site, the previous earliest was the 3rd of April 1998. It is also the first returning bird reported for 2017 in Britain. (Birdguides)
    Two Grey Plovers were still present and the Long Tailed Duck is still on the main lake .

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 28, 2017 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  3. The 2 Grey Plovers still on main lake this morning with 3 Dunlin, 3 Water Pipits on main spit – 2 in nice plumage and a pair of Pintail. Willow Warbler around muddy area of Methley Copse. No sign of Avocets on Astley at midday but 1 LBB Gull and 1 Goosander.

    Comment by Gordon — March 27, 2017 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • 20 Whooper Swans early morning on the main lake before flying West, ( RD). Late morning 48 more Whoopers were on Leventhorpe flash, ( JMS).
      Swallow over the causeway early morning, ( RD).
      Long Tailed Duck on the main lake.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 27, 2017 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

    • Also Blackcap singing in dragline car park early morning

      Comment by Dave Hunton — March 27, 2017 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  4. Willow Tit in Little Preston garden early afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — March 26, 2017 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  5. Avenue Wood, Templenewsam, Sun early aft. No drumming but Great Spot near ponds, also 6+ Chiffchaff, 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Buzzards overhead + a Red Kite.

    Comment by petegriff — March 26, 2017 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  6. Merlin close to A63 roundabout then over field behind Skelton lake.

    Comment by Rob P — March 26, 2017 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  7. Sat am: One Grey Plover flushed off causeway at 6.30am, but later two (presumably the original + 1) found by DIH on the northeast shore of the Main Lake. At least 2 Water Pipits and 1 Scandinavian race Rock Pipit found on the opposite shore later by PRM. I Willow Warbler singing from the riverbank on the south side of Methley Bridge. Male Bearded Tit showed well singing from the top of phragmites in the Western Reedbed, adjacent to Astley cut. Still four Avocets on Astley. Other sightings included 12+ Redshanks at the Main Lake, juvenile female Peregrine and 12 Chiffchaffs singing between Caroline Bridge and WWTW.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — March 25, 2017 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

    • Where is Astley cut ?

      Comment by Rob Leighton — March 25, 2017 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

      • The dead-end channel between Astley causeway and the Western Reedbed

        Comment by Andrew Ross — March 26, 2017 @ 9:02 am | Reply

        • Thanks

          Comment by Rob Leighton — March 26, 2017 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  8. Pete Griffin

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

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

  9. Nuthatch on Coach road this afternoon, (DN, GYL).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 24, 2017 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  10. 7 Avocets were on Astley this morning, 2 Pink footed geese on the ridge and furrow and a Wheatear was by the cattle pens(a drab male we think ?). No sign of the Brambling in the Methley copse area but a few Redpolls around and Chiffchaff in song. Still plenty of Goldeneye and Wigeon on site and 2 Pintail on main bay. Also 10 Curlew and 5+ Redshank.

    Comment by jim munro — March 24, 2017 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  11. 14 Sand Martins over Bower’s lake this am, up to four Buzzards and a Red Kite over the hillside. Male Beardy at the S bend on the central path. Small Tortoiseshell butterfly by the dragline

    Comment by Gary Vause — March 24, 2017 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  12. A lesser black-backed gull on Astley today had a black leg ring on its right leg and as smaller silver ring on its left leg. A number on the black ring was visible but not readable.
    Long tailed duck was asleep on nearest island to the main causeway at 2 pm and the Brambling gave good views in the hollow between the Warren path and the main lake. The knot hung around by the ‘goalposts’ on the lagoon islands for much of the day. At least 6 chiff-chaff singing between the Warren and Lemonroyd bridge as i walked back around 3.30 pm.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — March 23, 2017 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  13. Little Ringed Plover this evening in the main lake area, (MB) also 31 Whooper Swans.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 23, 2017 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  14. The Quest for the Garganey was a dismal failure this morning. However compensation came in the form of,
    22 Whooper Swan dropping onto Main lake at 07.20, another 29 flew straight through at 07.25 with another 17 dropping in at 07.30.
    a total of 69, one already on R&F.
    Swallow over Causeway and a Ruff on the Lagoon Islands.
    4 Avocet on Astley. At least 12 Redshank on site with 3 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and 20 Shelduck.
    c100 Redpoll and Siskin on riverbank south of the Warren ratio 9/1.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — March 22, 2017 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

    • Forgot to mention Great White Egret R&F 10.30 ish.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — March 22, 2017 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  15. 75-80 non-Mute Swans flew west over Fleet Lane approx. 7.30am this morning, then veered towards Rothwell. Seen too distantly to separate Whooper / Bewick, but thought to be the former, which is also most likely.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — March 22, 2017 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  16. Longtailed duck on Lemonroyde lake Swillington Ings 0800

    Comment by Mick Noble — March 21, 2017 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  17. Wheatear R&f opposite caroline spit 1630hrs, started near waters edge then flew, next seen near the ridge in middle of R&f, highly mobile. Sand martins over main lake in small numbers.

    Comment by julian — March 20, 2017 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  18. Little owl by farm fleet lane flew into trees opposite 1815hr

    Comment by Julian — March 18, 2017 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  19. Two Kittiwakes on round island Astley Lake 14:00- 1410 when they then flew high west.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 18, 2017 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  20. Sat am: 2nd winter / 2nd summer Caspian Gull found at the lagoon by MB. Also there one Whooper Swan, 2 Dunlin and 2 Redshanks. 9 White-fronted Geese on the Ridge and Furrow, plus 8 Pink-footed Geese (although distant and in poor light making Tundra Bean Geese hard to rule-out with certainty, but Pink-feet strongly suspected). Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd Lake; 1 Water Pipit amongst 25-30 Meadow Pipits on the Filter Beds; flock of 18-20 Redpolls in Methley Copse; 8 Chiffchaff singing between Caroline Bridge and the WWTW; Red Kite over the hillside and the juvenile female Peregrine on a kill on the Ridge and Furrow after many sorties around the site.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — March 18, 2017 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  21. Sand Martin numbers well into double figures over the main lake this morning.
    22 Whooper Swans left St Aidan’s, circled Astley then continued up stream at around 8.30.
    A water rail scurried over the water on the western reedbed near the crossroads.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — March 17, 2017 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • Long Tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd.
      Sand Martins c30 Main lake mid morning.
      Peregrine still ridge n furrow.
      54 Shoveler’s on Astley lake.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 17, 2017 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  22. Bittern booming western reed bed 15:50. 7 x Sand Martins west over causeway 16:00

    Comment by Anthony Wales — March 16, 2017 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  23. The breeding season approaches again and we would ask all users to be aware of the risks of reporting news of sensitive breeding species on this site or on other social media. Thanks.

    Comment by Gordon — March 16, 2017 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  24. Sadly another Mute Swan was found dead on the ridge n furrow this morning, it was a male with a Red ring on it’s leg , Y830 which was Ringed at Pugney’s country park on 22/ 07/2011.
    The head and neck had been removed from the body but were still by the body which seemed to be untouched.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 16, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  25. 2 Woopers on main lake. Long – Tailed Duck on Lemonroyd Lake. 3 Water Pipits on filter beds this afternoon.

    Comment by Tony Wales — March 16, 2017 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  26. 45 Whooper Swans resting up in the main lake area this morning. Long Tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake. Several Sand Martins through the reserve.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — March 16, 2017 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  27. Great White Egret back on ridge and furrow this morning. Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake, single Whooper swan on lagoon islands and 9 White-fronts and a Pink-foot on hillside. Peregrine again and Red Kite and Buzzard showing well. Two Grey Partridges flew off ridge and furrow early morning onto hillside.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  28. Red Kite over hillside late afternoon. Bittern booming on western reedbed. Seven Whoopers on main lake.

    Comment by Rob P — March 14, 2017 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • Also 10 Dunlin around main lake, Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake, 4 White-fronts on hillside and the regular juvenile Peregrine sat on edge of main lake

      Comment by Dave Hunton — March 14, 2017 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  29. Water Pipit still on filter beds this morning, 9 Whitefronts on hillside and 2 Whoopers still on main lake

    Comment by Gordon — March 13, 2017 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

    • 2 Sand Martin through Astley at 16.00. Male Marsh Harrier causing havoc in both reed beds.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — March 14, 2017 @ 7:33 am | Reply

    • There were 3 Water Pipits on the filter beds at 12:30
      2 singing Chiffchaff at Lower Ashpond (and another 2 non-singing birds) and another 3 singing at Skelton where the drake Scaup was still present. Green Woodpeckers seemed to be active this morning with 2 at Skelton and one at the Lower Ashpond

      Comment by sibgchairman — March 14, 2017 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  30. White Fronted Geese on hillside. Long Tailed Duck and Goldeneye on Lemonroyd Laake. Skylark singing over hillside.

    Comment by Neil Lloyd — March 12, 2017 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • Also Black-necked Grebe Eastern Reedbed and several Bittern booming

      Comment by sibgchairman — March 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  31. Woodcock flushed from near feeding station in Templenewsam woods 1100 am, Also Green Woodpecker but no sign of LSW

    Comment by sibgchairman — March 11, 2017 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  32. Sat am: 2 Whooper Swans on Astley Lake later flew to Main Lake. Great White Egret showed extremely well at Caroline Pond, with single Little Egret nearby. Long-tailed Duck on Lemonroyd Lake still and Black-necked Grebe on Eastern Reedbed. 26 Goldeneye on Lemonroyd / Bowers / Main Lakes and 2 Pintail (pair) Main Lake. Also 3 Oystercatchers and 3 Redshanks Main Lake. Bittern booming twice from Western Reedbed. Single White Wagtail amongst Pied Wagtails on filter beds with 2 Redpolls also near the WWTW gates. Red Kite over the hillside and pair of Sparrowhawks displaying briefly over the Western Reedbed. Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff both in voice by Caroline Bridge. 2 Redwings at Lemonroyd Marina. 75 species (with some notable absentees) felt like a good morning’s total. No sign of Water Pipit, any Stonechats or White-fronted Geese, but presumably all still in the area.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — March 11, 2017 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

    • 8 white-fronted geese were on the hillside at lunchtime.
      1 black tailed godwit on black pipe bay (JMS)
      13 fieldfare flew west up the river.

      Comment by Rob Hunton — March 11, 2017 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

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