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  1. Huge Starling murmuration over Lower Mickletown this evening. Grandstand views from our front bedroom. Jane sent phone video to Winterwatch so maybe they’ll feature it.

    Comment by Dave Allen — January 20, 2021 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  2. At least 12 Bullfinches along the river bank. They seemed to be on the Alder all the way around. I suspect there were many more but as I was running it was hard to tell which birds were the ones I had already counted. The site was very quiet in the rain and I think they were taking the opportunity to feed on the trees they can’t usually get to? Either way I have never seen so many before. Heron on Bowers.

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — January 20, 2021 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  3. 1st winter Iceland Gull in a modest gull roost, viewed opposite Caroline Spit on Main Lake / South Ings

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 18, 2021 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  4. Water pipit on filter bed 7 at Lemonroyd WWTW along with 1 chiffchaff in the holly bush and brief view of green sandpiper as it flew over the back towards Fleet Pond.
    Oulton Beck in flood behind Water Haigh Farm

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 18, 2021 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  5. Oystercatcher asleep on lagoon island closest to R & F. Noon to 12:30 at least.

    Comment by Tony Wales — January 18, 2021 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  6. 14 Pintail Main Lake this morning.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — January 17, 2021 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  7. Sunday afternoon Starling murmuration was large again with an estimated 8 to 10,000 birds into the ERB up to 4.32pm. c2000 of these came in low from the south over Caroline Bridge with a loud ‘Whoosh’.

    Comment by petegriff — January 17, 2021 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  8. Ad. Yellow legged Gull in main bay roost again, but left south st 4.05 with most of the 200 Herring/GBB 36+ Goosander on Lem Lake, 8 Pintail, 2 Golden Plover and 89 Curlew on main bay.

    Comment by petegriff — January 17, 2021 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  9. Common Gull 14 at Skelton this morning. and c50 Redwings at Grazing fields at Little Preston this afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — January 17, 2021 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  10. Water levels fairly high today -Main Lake causeway under 6 inches of water.
    39 Goosander on Lemonroyd Lake, 6 Pintail Main Lake, Male Marsh Harrier and Peregrine quartering the wet grassland. Kingfisher by crossroads.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — January 16, 2021 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  11. Male Blackcap on fat ball feeders in Little Preston garden mid afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — January 16, 2021 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  12. On 3rd January Herring Gull bearing ring number Y:152 was at Skelton Lake. This was reported to Euring and Mike Jackson from York kindly sent the following information:

    It’s a bird which was ringed at Harewood Whin landfill site, to the west of York, (53.960 -1.177). The bird was caught using a Cannon Net and is one of around 2500 Gulls which were caught and colour ringed over a 3-year period from March 2015.
    Harewood Whin was one of the decreasing numbers of Landfill sites in the UK where it was possible to operate for the catching and ringing of gulls. The landfill site has now closed and no longer attracts large number of Gulls.
    One of the main reasons for carrying out this work was to examine if and how the movements of Gulls altered with the closure of the Landfill site which used to be a major food source throughout the year.
    To date there have been over 3000 sightings reported from as far apart as the Barents Sea and Morocco.
    I have attached a schedule which shows its ringing /re sighting history. I hope you find this of interest and many thanks for taking the time to report your sighting.
    Recapture History
    Ring Age/ Capture
    number Type Date Init Details
    Herring Gull
    N 7 26/02/16 JAB Rufforth Waste Disposal site, York
    S 7 Sighted 28/10/16 MFJ Ugie Estuary, Peterhead,,Aberdeenshire (396 km, N, 245 days)
    S 9 Sighted 13/05/17 MFJ Lossiemouth, Moray (436 km, NNW, 1 yr 76days)
    S 8 Sighted 12/02/18 Scalby Mills, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (63 km, NE, 1 yr
    351days)

    Comment by Dave Hunter — January 16, 2021 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  13. Most areas of water were frozen this morning with 100s of gulls on the edge of the main lake.
    3 Grey Partridge on hillside, Redshank still on Eastern reedbed and several Cettis singing or calling in the reeds.
    Peregrine and Red Kite again over r&f and several Water Rails calling

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 13, 2021 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  14. First Little Owl in Temple Newsam for a number of years early this morning. Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Treecreeper at feeding station. Three Green Woodpeckers were very vocal but only one GSW seen. Grey Wagtail at Colton Beck. Two Yellowhammers near The Shroggs.

    Comment by RobP — January 13, 2021 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  15. Skelton lake and surrounding area also very quiet on the bird front this morning but the field next to the old car park held a few Skylark, Meadow Pipit and single Stonechatat. At least 5 Little Grebe were on the ash pond.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 12, 2021 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

    • Also several Common Snipe on the Skelton lake large Island

      Comment by Dave Hunton — January 12, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  16. Monday morning seemed fairly quiet bird wise. Sunday’s Redshank still on Eastern reedbed where Water pipit and Stonechat fed along the icy edges. An adult Peregrine flushed most of the wildfowl from the main lake before sitting out on the ridge and furrow. Red Kite and Buzzard over r&f also.
    Small group of Siskin and Redpoll feeding in Alders next to Methley bridge.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 12, 2021 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  17. I do not live locally enough to be able to visit during this lockdown, so it would be appreciated if those fortunate enough to be able to take their exercise on site could post sightings, so that I can keep the sightings database up to date. Thanks.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 12, 2021 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

    • Just called in after ‘essential shopping’ this aft. Caroline Bridge spit viewpoint; c200 gulls 50/50 GBB/Herring, but disturbed by Imm Peregrine a few times after 3pm, perched up from 3.15 to 4pm. Spectacular Starling murmuration with c7000 birds from 4 to 4.30pm. Water Rail ‘chipping’ at side of spit. c150 Golden Plover.

      Comment by petegriff — January 12, 2021 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  18. Sorry if this is a bad post as it’s not in the recording area, although is very close, but I didn’t know where else to ask? I spotted a bird tonight on the Parish field, Great Preston. It was in a rough area of wet grassland. It took off as I approached and flew like a small/medium wader, it sort of rotated down it’s axis as it flew. It was into the sun so I got little idea of colour.

    What has puzzled me though is it had a medium sized down curved beak. It headed towards St Aidan’s. I know Curlew and I am sure it wasn’t one of those but that only leaves Whimbrel and Curlew Sand Piper both of which are unlikely at this time of year I think? Any ideas?
    Thanks

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — January 10, 2021 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

    • Woodcock

      Comment by Roy silverwood — January 10, 2021 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

      • It had a down turned beak.

        Comment by Caroline Smithson — January 10, 2021 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

        • Woodcock often fly with the break angled downwards which may give the impression of it being downcurved. The other option is Snipe? Whimbrel and Curlew Sandpiper both extremely unlikely at this time of year.

          Comment by Dave Musgrove — January 11, 2021 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

          • Thank you.

            Comment by Caroline Smithson — January 11, 2021 @ 3:07 pm

  19. Redshank on eastern reedbed. Red kite over hillside, still field fare in the field there too. Early morning starling murmuration over bowers briefly. Redwing in car park bushes

    Comment by Mel — January 10, 2021 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  20. Min figures this afternoon, 500 Herring, 300 GBB, ad Yellow legged, ad LBB, 720 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 18 Curlew, 35 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 25 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 2000 Starling over WEB until 4.10pm.

    Comment by petegriff — January 8, 2021 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  21. Black Swan flew west over Swillington Park late morning

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 8, 2021 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  22. 12.30 Song thrush between Bowers lake and the playground, Kingfisher on willow nearby. Quite a few Widgeon on the lake. Male Bullfinch flew across car park.

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — January 7, 2021 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  23. This aft. – single Buzzard, Redwing and Treecreeper in area enclosed by Oxbow.
    3 Siskin in Alder near Warren.

    Comment by Gill. H. — January 7, 2021 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  24. 1 Water pipit and bearded tit (3+) on the ice on eastern reedbed this morning.
    Bittern flew over main lake from Caroline pond direction and came down by Caroline Spit on the main lake

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 7, 2021 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  25. Approx 30 redpoll in trees on perimeter path, also male bullfinch and great spotted woodpecker. A few pintail on main lake. Red kite over car park. Still lots of fieldfare on the hillside.

    Comment by Mel — January 7, 2021 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  26. December sightings are now on the “All 2020 Sightings” page,
    https://sibg1.wordpress.com/bird-sightings/monthlysightingsreview/

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 6, 2021 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  27. 2 female bearded tits, cettis warbler calling, chunky female stonechat this morning

    Comment by mark waller — January 6, 2021 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • There was also a Water Pipit on the East Reedbed and still Green Sandpiper at Lemonroyd WWTP. Two Whooper Swans were on on Lemonroyd Lake this morning (JB)

      Comment by Dave Hunter — January 6, 2021 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  28. Also, 1 Tree Sparrow in the hedge of the Lemonroyd Marina Lock Keepers Cottage. Very scarce sight of late

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 5, 2021 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  29. Belated (very) news for 2020. An unseen warbler singing on the north bank of Skelton Lake on 23rd June has been accepted as a Marsh Warbler (first area record) by YNU from a recording of the song. A video featuring the song (not showing the bird) should be posted in the Video Gallery shortly.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 5, 2021 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  30. 1 Water pipit still on Lemonroyd WWTW along with 2 chiffchaff, all on filter bed 4.
    Green Sandpiper also still present, flushed from the central pool and flew over the back towards Fleet Pond

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 5, 2021 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

    • Also 2 Peregrine interacting and calling over the marina

      Comment by Rob Hunton — January 5, 2021 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  31. Lemonroyd WWTW early afternoon. Green Sandpiper (poss 2) Water Pipit 1, Pied Wagtail 24+, Grey Wag 2, Chiffchaff 3

    Comment by John Martin — January 4, 2021 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  32. No sign of yesterday’s Glaucous Gull at Skelton this afternoon but an adult Caspian Gull there instead. About 1000 gulls roosting on the Main Lake this evening, 90+% adults and slightly more Great Black-backed than Herring Gulls.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 4, 2021 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

    • 47 PFG flew west over Skelton 0845 this morning.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — January 4, 2021 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  33. 7 Grey Partridge on hillside at dusk.

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — January 4, 2021 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  34. Skelton Lake at first light; Little Egret 4, Cormorant 20 Shelduck 2, GBB 5, HG c1500 & BHG c1000.

    Comment by John Martin — January 4, 2021 @ 11:38 am | Reply

    • Also LBB juv this morning.

      Comment by John Martin — January 4, 2021 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  35. We also came across the 80 linnets on Wood Lane with the chaffinch, but other than bullfinch there was nothing else lurking today, but we’ll worth keeping an eye on this area!

    During the Michael Clegg Memorial Bird Race, we recorded 81 species in the recording area, highlights were;
    5 Grey Partridge off ridge & furrow, 2 woodcock (1 feeding before dawn and another into roost at first light)
    Tawny owl calling from Great Preston
    Skylark over Bowers and another over Astley lane.
    Bearded tits heard on the S bend.
    2 chiffchaff still on the filter beds.

    The paths were treacherous, probably worse than New Year’s Day, so take crampons if your visiting before it warms up a bit

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 3, 2021 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  36. 27 Pink footed Geese West Little Preston 1330 hrs.
    Mixed flock of finches in bird seed crops to the West of Wood Lane held min 80 Linnet and 45 Chaffinches. An area that may dividends with a closer look.

    Comment by John Martin — January 3, 2021 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  37. 1st winter Glaucous Gull Skelton on ice 1445

    Comment by Rupert Quinnell — January 3, 2021 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

    • Glaucous gull had disappeared by 15:30 but adult LBBG and ringed Herring Gull (left leg Yellow Y152) in a roost of around 1200 large gulls and 200 BHGs

      Comment by Dave Hunter — January 3, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  38. Sunday am 3/1/21. Car park closed, paths lethally icy. Even walking across car park extremely dangerous.

    Comment by Brian Needham — January 3, 2021 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  39. Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & Redwing present at Sketon on edge of the Aire.

    Comment by Joe — January 2, 2021 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  40. Happy New Year to all!
    Late news from New Years Day:
    A male Marsh Harrier over the south ings, and a Peregrine came in from the east heading west. 1 Red Kite and a buzzard, with only a couple of Kestrels recorded.
    Jack Snipe went down near Caroline Pond and a couple of common snipe in that area.
    Cetti’s warbler was in the channel running across the top of North Ings showing relatively well. Several others heard but not seen.
    Good numbers of golden plover showing really well on the north Ings close to the path.
    Lots of Fieldfare on the hillside pastures, and an influx of song thrush across the whole site with at least a dozen birds recorded across the perimeter of St Aidans.

    Not seen by us, but Bittern was seen in flight and Bearded tits were also seen.

    The paths were like an ice rink so please be extra careful if visiting in the next couple of days as very dangerous in its current state.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 2, 2021 @ 6:52 am | Reply

    • A bit of a late post!
      Green Sandpiper ar Lemonroyd WWTP and 2 Chiffchaff on filter bed.
      50 Lesser Redpoll in Hillside Plantation. All on New Years Day

      Comment by Dave Hunter — January 2, 2021 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  41. Gull roost on Main Bay, GBB c350, Hg c450.

    Comment by John Martin — January 2, 2021 @ 6:17 am | Reply

  42. Only 37 Curlew counted pre dusk, but 400+ gulls, GBB and Herring. 15 Goldeneye and 13 Great Crested Grebe. 7 Cormorant on South Ings Inc a really smart ‘sinensis’ in breeding garb. Best today was a Woodcock that flew from Cutler Lane, north into area south of Lowther Lake.
    Starling murmuration over south ings had 2000+ birds in it.

    Comment by petegriff — January 1, 2021 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  43. Male Blackcap near Bridge farm Hotel in shrubs by iron bridge on main road. Little Egret in horse paddock field. Woodlesford.

    Comment by Pgc — January 1, 2021 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  44. At least one Water Pipit and two Chiffchaff at Lemonroyd water treatment works this morning, Green Sandpiper flushed (not clear by what) from behind furthest of the treatment beds three occasions.

    Comment by Owen Watson — January 1, 2021 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  45. 177 species of birds were recorded in the groups recording area for 2020, see the Swilly listers blog for more details.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — December 31, 2020 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  46. Yellowhammer in trees behind oddball compound. At least one redwing on the hillside with fieldfare and good number of golden plover. Red kite also over hillside

    Comment by Mel — December 31, 2020 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  47. Starling murmuration excellent at the moment if you get the chance – you need to be there between 15.45-16.15

    Comment by Tony Stones — December 31, 2020 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  48. Male Marsh Harrier over lagoon then ridge and furrow, plus single Common Snipe over, 6 Bearded Tit, Water Rail on the ice, and 5 Grey Partridge (hillside), the latter three species all close to dusk….

    Comment by Tony Stones — December 31, 2020 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  49. A Redwing was singing (sub song) from the top of large willow tree in the garden at Beck Cottage Little Preston this morning. I think this the first time I have heard song in December. More usual in late winter early spring.

    Comment by John Martin — December 31, 2020 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  50. December Oystercatchers are uncommon, so one flying east over the Main Lake this morning was noteworthy. 341 Gadwalls were in the portion of Lemonroyd Lake not covered by ice. Also there were 25 Pochards, with 19 on Bowers Lake. 17 Pintails on the Main Lake was the highest count for almost a fortnight. At least 224 Golden Plovers on the South Ings (down from 350 yesterday) and 250 Fieldfares on the hillside (up from 220 yesterday). A Water Pipit was feeding amongst some of the Golden Plovers.

    The 2020 Bird Report is now complete, from the records I have. If you have any unsubmitted records could you let me have them as soon as possible.

    I am now moving on to the mammal section. 60% of the mammal records are my own observations, so if anyone else has any records or opinions (for example I feel that the small mammals situation has been terrible this year, with hardly any sightings and none squealing or rustling from the undergrowth whilst walking round), please use the Other Wildlife sightings page or email me directly.

    Comment by Paul Morris — December 31, 2020 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  51. A brief visit prior to dusk produced single Green Sandpiper at Lemonroyd WWTP but no Water Pipits, 5 Bearded Tits between Crossroads and Trailer Gate (and several others calling), 70-80 Fieldfare, 4 Pintail Main Lake, 46 Goosander on Lemonroyd Lake and a further two from Shan House Bridge at dusk. and again a murmuration of at least 7000 Starlings that roosted in reeds at the east end of the Main Lake.
    A Peregrine was reported to take prey from the Hillside and a Whooper Swan was reported from the Main Lake this morning.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — December 30, 2020 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  52. c200 Pink feet NW over Wood Lane and Great Preston c1445 hrs

    Comment by John Martin — December 30, 2020 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  53. Yesterday evening, a much reduced gull roost prob some 35 birds and only 12 Curlew.

    Comment by John Martin — December 30, 2020 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  54. A minimum of 254 Golden Plover were on the ridge and furrow this afternoon.
    The hillside area still held a good sized flock of Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 20+ Meadow Pipits and 5 Grey Partridge.
    Other sightings included cc Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Kingfisher and a small skein of Pink Footed Geese.
    At dusk, a very impressive Starling murmuration developed, eventually splitting into 2 large groups. We estimated there were at least 9000 birds involved tonight, certainly the most we have seen for some time, and worth keeping an eye on as numbers seem to be rising in the last few days.

    Comment by jim munro — December 29, 2020 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  55. Late morning between Woodlesford/Fishponds – 1W/F Stonechat between river and canal, flock of c25 Goldeneye flew up river and a couple of Buzzards.

    Comment by GordonR — December 29, 2020 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  56. Partial Counts 27/12: 90+ Curlew, 30+ Golden Plover, 6+ Goosander, 5+ Goldeneye, 4+ Great Black-backed Gulls, Great Egret reeds and ditches eastern end.

    Comment by anthony.stones@btinternet.com — December 28, 2020 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  57. Flock of fieldfares and starlings on hillside putting on some great flying displays. Red kite also over hillside.

    Comment by Mel — December 27, 2020 @ 9:37 am | Reply

  58. Woodcock flushed near oxbow this morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 26, 2020 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  59. This am, 1 Stonechat on hillside, 1 also on path between R&F and ERB, another pair on path south to WRB. 2 Red Kite around the R&F. Flock of 139 Golden Plover circled the site before disappearing, not sure what direction, counted from a photograph.

    Comment by Joe Seymour — December 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  60. Min. counts from Caroline Bridge this aft: 155 GBB, 145 Herring, 110 Curlew, 57 Goldie, 500+ Lapwing, 33 Goosander, Redshank, Peregrine overhead.

    Comment by petegriff — December 24, 2020 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

    • Great White Egret this aft on riverbank south of Lowther Lake.

      Comment by petegriff — December 25, 2020 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  61. Male marsh harrier over r+f disturbed golden plover and lapwing. Curlew flew over ERB. About 20 goldfinch about bushes on ERB.

    Comment by Mel — December 23, 2020 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  62. On a quiet day, c70 Pinkies (DAH) flew through east to west, c100 Golden Plover south ings, good numbers of Curlew, Green Woodpeck (f) feeding near Caroline bridge, Marsh Harrier hunting over R n F, GW Egret North ings, Stonechat bottom of hillside and seven plus Goosander at the back of Lemonroyd.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — December 22, 2020 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  63. Early morning, (pre sunup) Fleet weir. Redshank calling, Kingfisher. 25+ Goosander left the roost and flew West.

    Comment by John Martin — December 22, 2020 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • Later in the day; Great Egret on middle ings, c100 Golden Plover on South Ings, c70 Pinkies over the site heading west, Cetti’s singing from 3 locations, Bearded Tits calling from somewhere near S bend

      Comment by Jim Welford — December 22, 2020 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  64. At Lemonroyde WWTW this morning, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and c15 Pied Wagtails.

    Comment by John Martin — December 20, 2020 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  65. Flock of approx 15 fieldfare on hillside hedge with 1mistle thrush. GWE over r+f. Mixed flock of blue tit, reed bunting, stonechat around eastern reed bed. Large flock of goldfinch near Astley

    Comment by Mel — December 20, 2020 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  66. 15 Long tailed tit – wykebeck BRIDGE
    Merganser wykebeck flowing into aire
    Grey wagtail – fish pond lock
    Wren – canal
    Pied wagtail – centre

    Another burnt out car at Skelton with no sign of it being moved.

    Comment by Joe — December 20, 2020 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  67. min counts for yesterday evenings gull roost: GBB 166 HG 66
    Peregrine, a Male Marsh Harrier and Sparrow Hawk hunting R&F area.

    Comment by John Martin — December 20, 2020 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  68. On way back to my car at the Visitor Centre car park at about 12.50 (19/12) two short-eared owls flew up on the hillside, not hunting but probably spooked by two low flying buzzards. They are the first I’m aware of at the site this winter. Also the first kestrels I’ve seen for some time, perhaps suggesting the vole population is recovering after heavy recent rain. Great white egret on eastern reedbed.

    Comment by Brian Needham — December 19, 2020 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  69. About 120 Curlew around edge of main bay at dusk. c300 gulls included GBB and Herring Gull.

    Comment by petegriff — December 19, 2020 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  70. Great Egret on Middle Ings early afternoon, 50 Fieldfare on the hillside hedges, 3 Stonechat at various locations

    Comment by Jim Welford — December 18, 2020 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  71. 3 Redshank in from West mid morning, onto Eastern Reed Bed.

    Comment by John Martin — December 17, 2020 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  72. Kingfisher mobile along predator fence and sluice. Peregrine sat on r+f with red kite overhead. Sparrowhawk over VC. 2 redshank on ERB. Several bullfinch in car park bushes. Good number of curlew main lake.

    Comment by Mel — December 17, 2020 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  73. A chiffchaff was calling from ERB this afternoon around 1 o’clock

    Comment by Dave Hunter — December 16, 2020 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  74. 2 male Marsh Harrier this morning with a brief adult Whooper Swan over R&F.

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — December 16, 2020 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  75. Single Water Pipit yesterday morning near WRB

    Comment by johnthevillafan — December 16, 2020 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  76. Fieldfare 50+ Redwing 2 at top of hillside fence, late afternoon. Male Marsh Harrier still causing utter panic along main bay until dark. Nice finish with a Barn Owl over VC at 5.30pm.

    Comment by petegriff — December 15, 2020 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  77. Male marsh harrier over r+f, red kite and buzzard over hillside. Flock of fieldfares flitting from bush to bush on hillside. GWE on r+f. Female bullfinch at Warren .

    Comment by Mel — December 13, 2020 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • Still 40+ Pintail and 700+ Wigeon on Main Lake during BTO WeBS. 150+ Golden Plover around 11:00. 17 Pink Feet flew west at Noon. 3 Redshank on East Reedbed

      Comment by Dave Hunter — December 13, 2020 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  78. 11/12/20 Great Egret flew from ERB to R&F at about 9:30am, still there at 11:20. Male Marsh Harrier low over the WRB and ERB for most of the morning. 20 Golden Plover flew over the WRB from the direction of Astley at 10:25. Could not locate the WFG.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — December 12, 2020 @ 10:41 am | Reply

    • White fronted geese in same field as yesterday mid morning Steve, (just over the bridge that crosses the ditch near the Balance Reservoir). Then all geese took off as dog walkers came down the field and landed on the reservoir. The Russians then returned to the field but high up until all the geese were spooked a second time. Lost them after that.

      Comment by Brian Needham — December 12, 2020 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  79. Flock of fieldfares landed briefly in bushes on hillside. Great white egret on r+f. 2 linnets at sluice. 3 red kite over hillside. Marsh harrier over r+f. Male and female Goldeneye on ERB. 2 redshank ERB.

    Comment by Mel — December 10, 2020 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  80. Pics of the White-fronted Geese now in the gallery

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 10, 2020 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  81. Swillington Ings Goose Fest
    At c1125 a skein of c45 Pink footed Geese were heading East over Astley Lake, They began wiffling and stalling when over the Hillside mixed goose flocks. It appeared as if they were about come in and land. But soon began gaining height again. Three “pinks” did eventually land in the same field at the White -fronted Geese.
    One soon took off to rejoin the main flock. On checking the remaining two geese one a Pink footed Goose and the other a Tundra Bean Goose. These two left East c1150 hrs. Shortly after the original flock (?) appeared over Astley hill (probably having been in the hill top or road side fields.
    Around this time 41 Fieldfare flew East and later, c1200 some 100 Fieldfare were in the Hillside hedgerows, with a few Redwings.

    Blackbird numbers increased in the garden at Beck Cottage Little Preston with 20+ feeding on windfall apples and Rowen berries, much to the chagrin of the defending Mistle Thrushes (3) which have been completely overwhelmed.

    Comment by John Martin — December 10, 2020 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  82. The adult bird clearly has a pink bill but is very boldly marked on underparts and the younger bird seems to have an orange bill. Pics in gallery later.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 10, 2020 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  83. Two Russian White Fronted Geese an adult & 1st winter were found on the hillside field next to the balance res this morning by J Brierley.
    70+ Fieldfares and 40 + Redwing in hillside hedges.
    60 Siskin yesterday in Swilly park .

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — December 10, 2020 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

    • Photos submitted of WFG.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — December 10, 2020 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  84. I disturbed a Jack Snipe in long grass, close to the Balance Reservoir, walking up from the Astley crossroads yesterday morning. I am sure who was more startled when it flew off protesting loudly. Also two Redshank on the ERB. A male Greenfinch was in the bushes/trees on the opposite side of the car park to the VC. The Teal near the Cattle Gate were quite vocal with the males engaged in what I assume to be the courtship display. It involved raising themselves up in the water and then pushing their heads forwards and back again. Not as dramatic as the Goldeneye but interesting enough for a video clip. There were a pair of Goldeneye on the ERB and a female on the Main Lake near the crossroads.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — December 8, 2020 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

    • Might have been a Snipe based on the amount of noise but it was quite small, very close and showed a lot of grey.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — December 8, 2020 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  85. Six Black-tailed Godwit South Ings this afternoon.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — December 7, 2020 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  86. Hi I was at at rspb st aidens for the first time this afternoon and got chatting to one of your members I didn’t get his name but would like more information about joining your club, I was lucky enough to see. A green woodpecker and towards the end of my time there a female hen harrier flew directly towards us and over us

    Comment by Garry Nichols — December 6, 2020 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • Any more information on the Hen Harrier Garry? It’s a scarce bird here although there has been a few reports earlier in the Autumn and one recently from Fairburn

      Comment by Rob Hunton — December 7, 2020 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

      • Woodlesford Lock canal walk produced 15 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander and 2 Little Grebe, up river from the viewing screen. A Kingfisher flew out of the deep channel near the top lock gates.

        Comment by petegriff — December 8, 2020 @ 9:56 pm | Reply


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