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  1. Peregrine over R & f 11.30am

    Comment by pgcoates — October 26, 2016 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  2. Did anyone else see the raptor that was flying in the Ridge and Furrow area between 11:00 and 12:00 today? At one point it chased a male Marsh Harrier that also put in an appearance and it also chased a Cormorant. Whilst smaller than both, it wasn’t by much. Whilst Peregrine-like it appeared bigger to me and its flight was much more level than I would have expected. Possible escaped Lanner/Saker?

    Comment by Phil Walton — October 26, 2016 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

    • If you look in the gallery 2016 page there’s a great shot by Mick Noble of a Possible Saker hybrid he photographed a few weeks ago. It’s about 30 pics from the top. Did your bird look similar?

      Comment by Dave Hunton — October 26, 2016 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  3. 1250 Bittern flew from Western reed bed to Eastern reed bed

    Comment by Mick Noble — October 26, 2016 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  4. A Cetti’s Warbler was quite vocal on the edge of Lowther Lake, between the wooden bridge and the river, this morning. Earlier a bit of movement, with 80+ Fieldfares over Skelton Lake and a skein of Pink-footed Geese calling overhead by Methley Bridge, but not visible in the early morning mist. The Barnacle Geese are still on the ridge and furrow area and becoming more ‘plastic’ with each passing day. A group of more than 20 Reed Buntings in the hedge and set-aside field north of Lowther Lake may be worth a better look, with scarce buntings (Pine and Little) turning up at Spurn today.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 25, 2016 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  5. 1500 male & female Bearded tit on S bend of track between east & west reed beds.
    1400 Black-necked grebe eastern reed bed.

    Comment by Mick Noble — October 25, 2016 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  6. this am great white egret and slavonian grebe still present st aidans pm black necked grebe golden plover male pintail and sparrowhawk

    Comment by ken norrie — October 25, 2016 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  7. At Skelton Lake, the Great White Egret and Slavonian Grebe were still present. A small party of thrushes near the concrete bridges held a few Redwings but mostly Song Thrushes (10+) and Blackbirds (20+). The Blackbirds were all dark billed birds, indicative of a Continental origin, so the Song Thrushes were probably migrants as well.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 24, 2016 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  8. At Astley this morning 3+ Bearded Tits around the S-bend, Black necked-grebe and a brief Water Pipit on East Reedbed. Male Marsh Harrier R&F. Around 30 Golden Plover also on R&F

    Comment by sibgchairman — October 23, 2016 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  9. At Skelton Lake, the Great White Egret was still present with three Little Egrets. The Slavonian Grebe reappeared after a week’s absence and a Green Sandpiper was chased across the lake by a Sparrowhawk.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 23, 2016 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  10. Great White Egret still present at 11.20am on the western side of Skelton Lake (motorway side).
    A female Scaup was also on the lake, loosely associating with a couple of tufted duck, also present at 11.20.
    2 buzzards, but neither were the very pale bird in the gallery. Willow tit calling around Skelton marsh.
    2 barnacle geese on the ridge & furrow, Egyptian goose in the greylag flock on the hillside and a pink foot on Astley. Plenty for the goose gestapo to discuss.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — October 22, 2016 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  11. Sat am: Bearded Tits heard calling from Astley causeway proved to be a party of 4 which flew in high over the Oil Depot, then over Astley and away up the valley. A party of Dunlin seen distantly in flight over Astley appeared to number around 18 – with one on the deck there. Two Ruff flew east over the eastern end of the Main Lake. 7 Stonechats seen around site was a notable reduction from the 15 birds last Saturday. 2 Chiffchaffs calling along the river bank near Methley Bridge. MB & GYL reported 5 Whooper Swans on the Main Lake early in the morning, but not present a couple of hours later.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — October 22, 2016 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  12. I was in the Main Bay area from 0730 to 0930 and did a Visible Migration Watch but it was distinctly quiet. 155 Wigeon came in high from the NE in four groups, 94 Redwing and a few Fieldfares and Skylark went SW. Other birds seen included 6 Pintail, 3 Curlew, 7 Stonechat and a Barn Owl at dawn near the dragline

    Comment by Paul Doherty — October 21, 2016 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  13. No great grey shrike but great white egret still at Skelton Lake at 5.30pm feeding along north shore.

    Comment by martin robinson — October 21, 2016 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

    • A few photo’s of today’s Great White Egret & a record shot of a very pale Buzzard in the Gallery.

      Comment by Gyl — October 21, 2016 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  14. Female common scoter on main bay this morning. Seen briefly from the main causeway. Flew east about 10:30 am.

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — October 21, 2016 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  15. today at st aidans Egyptian goose on hillside 2 barnacle geese r&f kingfisher new sluice common scoter and male pintail main bay

    Comment by ken norrie — October 21, 2016 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  16. Great White Egret Skelton (PRM)

    Comment by Rob Leighton — October 21, 2016 @ 9:33 am | Reply

  17. I have received a report from a non-member of a Great Grey Shrike at Skelton Lake (from the grid reference somewhere near the concrete bridges) seen briefly about midday today. He got a distant photograph so I have asked if he can send a copy. Worth checking out in the morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 20, 2016 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

    • Also worth bearing in mind the possible subspecies given the current weather pattern.

      Comment by Jim Welford — October 20, 2016 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

    • A couple of fairly heavily cropped photos seem to show a fairly straightforward ‘excubitor’, i.e. the usual race.

      Comment by Paul Morris — October 20, 2016 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

    • Pics of the Shrike now in gallery. Difficult to tell but in these pics there does seem to be an extensive white patch on primaries and a white forehead which could be signs of an eastern race. It will be interesting to see if it’s about tomorrow if anyone can get a shot of the tail/rump

      Comment by Dave Hunton — October 20, 2016 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  18. 40plus Siskin in Water Haigh Wood this Afternoon. 5 Snipe on Astley, 2 Mistle Thrush on Football Field & Kestrel over head.

    Comment by pgcoates — October 20, 2016 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  19. 5 Whooper Swans dropped onto the main lake mid morning ( 2 adult, 3 juvs ). The 2 Barnacle Geese remain on the ridge and furrow. Great views of an adult Peregrine as it came quite low over the eastern reedbed. Plenty of Skylark about and at least 4 Stonechats. 2 Red Kites over the hillside. 2 Dunlin on Astley. Green Woodpecker in the dragline compound (DIH)

    Comment by jim munro — October 20, 2016 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

    • Water Rail showed well on the Western Reedbed mid morning. (Record shot in the Gallery).

      Late news from yesterday, 12 Whooper Swans main lake early morning, ( RD).

      Comment by Gyl — October 20, 2016 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

      • Of interest, the Orionid Meteor shower peaks tonight, best viewed from midnight onwards, look towards the Orion constellation, 20 shooting stars per hour. Clear skies forecast.

        Comment by Gyl — October 20, 2016 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  20. Two Barnacle Geese still on ridge and furrow mid aft. Two parties of 48 and 28 south past NE coast this aft. back up Paul’s comment of wildness, but they better move on soon. No sign of Jack Snipe or Water Pipit but expect them to hiding somewhere.

    Comment by petegriff — October 19, 2016 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  21. 1230 Bittern Western reed bed Astley end.
    1300 Kingfisher X roads

    Comment by Mick Noble — October 19, 2016 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

  22. Jack Snipe record shot in the gallery

    Comment by Dave Hunton — October 18, 2016 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  23. A good morning with a Jack Snipe found bobbing away on the south bank of the Main Lake as seen from the Rabbit Warren. Shortly after a couple of Barnacle Geese were noted on the ridge and furrow area – obviously genuine winter migrants given the number of Bean and White-fronts particularly on the coast in the last few days! Close by on the north bank of the Main Lake was the first returning Water Pipit. Still a couple of Chiffchaffs, but also Redwings and Redpolls passing over.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 18, 2016 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  24. A Jack Snipe showed well for most of the morning in the main lake area ( PRM, GYL), viewed from the Rabbit Warren, look right from there into the corner the bird has been frequenting the first patch of mud.
    The first returning Water Pipit of the Autumn was on the edge of the Ridge & Furrow opposite the Rabbit Warren, ( PRM).
    Two Barnacle Geese were also on the Ridge & Furrow, (PRM).
    Marsh Harrier still present, and 8 Dunlin still around the reserve.

    ( Late news from Saturday 15th, 15 Stonechats around the site).

    Comment by Gyl — October 18, 2016 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  25. The Slavonian Grebe was on Skelton Lake again for the WeBS count this morning, having not been seen in the previous few days. Half a dozen Fieldfares flew south there with about 30 Redwings, with at least 18 more in canalside bushes below Woodlesford Lock in the afternoon.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 16, 2016 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  26. 3 Mandarin (2 drake & 1 female) were on Astley between 11:15 and 11:45 before flying west rather strongly.
    8 Dunlin on large Island, numerous common snipe across most islands on Astley.
    4 Kestrel, 3 Red Kite, 2 common buzzard, 1 sparrowhawk & 1 male marsh Harrier.
    2 kingfisher past the hide & in the fields to the west of fleet lane (by the housing development) 8 grey partridge & 4 yellowhammer

    Comment by Rob Hunton — October 16, 2016 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • More “exotic” wildfowl on the ridge and furrow this afternoon with an Egyptian Goose and Pink-foot with the Greylag flock. One Greylag had an orange neck ring with PZA in black.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — October 16, 2016 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  27. Osprey over Skelton Lake 15:30 on Saturday

    Comment by S & E Rimmington — October 16, 2016 @ 9:57 am | Reply

    • It is getting quite late for Osprey sightings. Could I just check that you saw this bird well enough to be sure it was an Osprey and not a pale Buzzard known to be in the Skelton Lake area. Thanks.

      Comment by Paul Morris — October 16, 2016 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  28. Pair of Bearded Tits reported near the crossroads this morning, (RD).

    Of interest a few photo’s of the Siberian Accentor are on the Swilly Listers page.

    Comment by Gyl — October 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  29. On a rather wet morning there was three separate sightings of Bearded Tit one was seen at Skeleton lake the first for that area, (PRM). A further two were seen from the central path just south of the “S” bend on the eastern reedbed and were showing very well, ( JB). Two more were seen flying North across Astley lake into the North eastern bank phragmites, ( GYL).
    11 Dunlin on Astley also seen earlier on the reedbeds.
    C180 Pinkfooted Geese flew South east @ 11:30..
    Stonechats now in double figures with 11 seen again today.

    Comment by Gyl — October 13, 2016 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  30. Late news yesterday: Black-necked Grebe remains on Eastern Reedbed. Sightings of bearded tit reported on both reedbeds by JB. At least 12 Stonechat across the site. 2 Red Kite and male Marsh Harrier following the tractor cutting the vegetation on the R&F for a while.

    Comment by sibgchairman — October 13, 2016 @ 9:55 am | Reply

  31. The Slavonian Grebe is now on Skelton Lake, also there three Little Egrets, four Pintails, one Goosander, 50 Common Gulls and four Chiffchaffs. The orange neck-ringed Greylag Goose is still in the goose flock in the north fields – still too distant to read the digits with bins.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 11, 2016 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  32. Whinchat still near Bowers lake on the Ridge & Furrow, At least 8 Stonechats on the reserve. Male Bearded Tit seen near the cattle pen, (AR).
    No sign of the Slavonian Grebe this morning on Bowers or the main lake. Ringed Plover main lake.

    Comment by Gyl — October 10, 2016 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  33. Vismig,1000-1200 Redwing 113 SW, Starling 50 NW Meadow Pipit 10 NW and single Alba Wag W.
    Also Swallow 4 at bottom of hillside briefly and Bittern over ERB.

    Comment by John Martin — October 9, 2016 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

    • 1000 hrs-1200hrs

      Comment by John Martin — October 9, 2016 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  34. 3 Bearded Tit Eastern Reedbed, 6 Stonechat and a single Whinchat Hillside and R & F.
    8 Dunlin also Eastern Reedbed with 8 Pintail Main Lake.
    Mr. Robertshaws’ nuts showing well at the Warren.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — October 9, 2016 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  35. A late Grasshopper Warbler seen at the bottom of the hillside just west os the track that runs down from Swillington Park. Also 2 Swallows and 4 House Martins. Slavonian Grebe showing at close range on Bowers’ Lake.

    Comment by Vaughan — October 9, 2016 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • Given the skulking nature of the species it is very difficult to find once reeling has stopped, usually by early August at the latest. There have just been 12 records in August and one in September (on 9th), so this is the first October bird and the latest by a month. It is a good job it showed well enough to confirm it as Grasshopper Warbler or all the locals would be crawling through ditches and vegetation in the hopes of it being one of the rarer Locustella warblers.

      Comment by Paul Morris — October 9, 2016 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  36. Grey Plover to the left of the eastern reed bed path behind teal and shoveler. Then behind lake next to huge machinery at St Aidans Richards Pipit. The first lake you get to after huge mavinery 5 stonechats 1 richard pipit. Incredible day with willow tits at Fairburn plus kingfisher brought on by playing it’s call.

    Comment by Andrew Connor — October 8, 2016 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

    • The report above of Richards Pipit is unconfirmed, the Swilly regulars who were about today are unaware of the birds presence . The area will be checked again tomorrow.

      Comment by Gyl — October 8, 2016 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  37. 4 bearded tits flew from Eastern reedbed across the path and into reeds just inside the ridge and furrow area. 5 swallows South over Lowther lake and a (non meadow) pipit flew North over the Eastern reedbed, not too familiar with flight calls of other pipit species so couldn’t really ID it.

    Comment by Chris Doyle — October 8, 2016 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

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