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  1. Black teen astley again this afternoon

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — June 24, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  2. Hobby over Beck Cottage Little Preston late afternoon.
    Plus family party of Goldcrest ,3young.

    Comment by John Martin — June 23, 2017 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

    • Thought I caught a glimpse of a hobby on hillside last night but it disappeared behind trees before I could confirm it.

      Comment by Andy Hopkinson — June 24, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  3. More well known faces at Swilly, Mark Avery was there yesterday. http://markavery.info/2017/06/22/spoonbills-breeding-yorkshire/

    Comment by Jim Welford — June 22, 2017 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  4. Probable 3rd year yellow legged gull on Lagoon islands this afternoon between 1 pm and 2 pm along with immature lesser blacks for comparison.
    Bittern in flight from eastern to western reedbed but not much else of interest in the windy conditions.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — June 22, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  5. I hope everyone can take a day off from Swilly listing on Saturday 24th June and visit the Leeds Birdfair further up the river at Rodley Nature Reserve. 9:30am to 4pm. Details of stalls (including SIBG) and activities in the link below

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — June 21, 2017 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  6. kingfisher new sluice pair of linnets r&f

    Comment by jockslad — June 21, 2017 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  7. It might be the summer solstice today, but with Wigeon numbers increasing to four, Teal to 13, Lapwing to over 120 and returning Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper it seems autumn is on its way.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 21, 2017 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

    • F Pochard + 4 young on WRB and another +5 on ERB, each in the corners at Astley end.

      Comment by Jim Welford — June 21, 2017 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  8. Two grasshopper Warblers reeling this morning below the hillside, one much louder than the other. Four juvenile Bearded Tits on the western reedbed. Kingfisher also over same area.

    Comment by Rob P — June 20, 2017 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  9. A sub-adult (probably third year) Yellow-legged Gull on the Lagoon this morning, conveniently standing between a Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Also a ringed immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (J405V) on the newly exposed island between the two spits. A brood of six Pochards at the east end of the Main Lake. Broods of Tufted Duck (11 young) on Astley and on the Balance Reservoir (six young).
    Yesterday a Common Sandpiper in Black Pipe Bay (PRG) was the first for a while.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 20, 2017 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

    • Female tufted duck on Astley this evening with a creche of 19 young

      Comment by Rob Hunton — June 20, 2017 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  10. A walk on the hillside at dusk – 2 grey partridge singing on hillside, grasshopper Warbler still reeling away near black bench & two tawny owls calling in the vecinity (not on the hillside though)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 19, 2017 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  11. Bittern flew from lowther to wrb then returned 10 mins later at 15.10

    Comment by jockslad — June 19, 2017 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  12. Brood of six Pochard and six Tufted on WRB this morning. Gropper singing well near central hillside seat. Bittern flew from splitter pond to WRB, Black Tern on Astley flew east mid morning, one small one large juv Avocet on Astley, three juv GCG on ERB.

    Comment by petegriff — June 19, 2017 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  13. Brood of 5 Shovelor on WRB this morning

    Comment by sibgchairman — June 18, 2017 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  14. Black Tern still present, Astley 09.30. Great views of Bittern over Eastern Reedbeds. Stacks of Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Common Blue butterflies. Bee Orchid good display at traditional site

    Comment by Steve Williams — June 18, 2017 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  15. Early am: Grasshopper Warbler near bench below hillside. Sparrowhawk over same area onto hillside. Hobby went over reservoir and up towards hillside path. Three Bittern showing, one on western reedbed, another in dragonfly ditch and a third came from Lowther lake towards reedbed.

    Comment by Rob P — June 17, 2017 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  16. Nice for the site (as Swillington Ings) to get a name check from actor/director (and birder) Sam West on tonight’s BBC2 Springwatch Unsprung programme, following his visit earlier in the week.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 16, 2017 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

    • I think he’s been a few times over the last few weeks

      Comment by Rob Hunton — June 16, 2017 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  17. 5 avocet on astley water rail near astley causeway

    Comment by jocksladjockslad — June 16, 2017 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Black tern still present today

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — June 16, 2017 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  18. Little Gull and Black Tern again at Astley Lake this morning. My first brood of Lapwings on the ridge and furrow, with a Little Ringed Plover nearby. Grasshopper Warbler reeling again at the bottom of the hillside but too windy for much chance of hearing Quail.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 15, 2017 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  19. Bittern flew from Lowther at 1200

    Comment by JK — June 15, 2017 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  20. A bit like Groundhog Day, with Little Gull and Black Tern again at Astley Lake. A Lesser Whitethroat above Woodlesford Goit was the first I’ve heard for a few weeks. I did my usual breeding bird survey along the canal from Lemonroyd Lock to the concrete bridges at Skelton Lake this morning, no Collared Dove, Garden Warbler or Linnet (usually a few of each) and only a couple each of Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting in the riverside scrub (a few years ago I’d have expected 10+ of each). A presumed release (or mass break-out) of reared Mallards at Leventhorpe Hall Pond with over 500 birds present.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  21. An odd looking tern flying around Astley about 5ish. Probably just a 1st summer Common but had myself and REL puzzled as we had never seen 1 in this plumage. All dark bill and large white forehead, no tail streamers, almost clean wings, certainly no ginger or brown tones. We thought 1st year birds usually stay on wintering grounds ? Julian may have seen same bird on main bay, not sure if he can add any more detail ?

    Comment by jim munro — June 13, 2017 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

    • There was a first summer Arctic Tern at Wintersett on the 11th. Same bird perhaps?

      Comment by Dave Hunton — June 13, 2017 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

    • Correct Jim, most 1st summer Common and Arctic Terns remain in winter quarters, but a few individuals return. Back in the late 80s and early 90s we had a small number of records of 1st summer Common Terns. Could also have been the first summer Arctic from Wintersett as Dave points out. In 1st summer, both mostly resemble winter plumaged adults, but with nuances.

      Comment by Andrew Ross — June 14, 2017 @ 7:01 am | Reply

    • Clean wings sounds like arctic tern

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — June 14, 2017 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  22. Little Tern on Astley lake early morning before flying West 08:20. (PRM).
    BlackTern & Little Gull still present also on Astley.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 13, 2017 @ 9:43 am | Reply

    • Thanks to the Fairburn guys for the heads-up on the Little Tern, and MB for passing the message on.

      Comment by Paul Morris — June 13, 2017 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  23. At Astley this morning, Little Gull and Black Tern as usual, one Ringed Plover, two single Little Egrets flew up the valley, a new brood of Pochards (two young).

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 12, 2017 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  24. At Lowther this morning, at least 3 (m) Garden Warblers, Willow Tit and juv BullFinch

    Comment by John Martin — June 11, 2017 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • Willow tit behind old lock, c70 coot sat together on Lemonroyd chilling, a sign of post breeding? Good number of bee orchids coming out, Alder leaf beetle nearby.

      Comment by Jim Welford — June 11, 2017 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  25. Lesser& greater black backed gulls on lagoon island cuckoo on rabbit warren redshank near new sluice

    Comment by jockslad — June 11, 2017 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  26. Peregrine over Astley going West and over the hide. Two Mediterranean Gulls over the Western reedbed. Black Tern showing well over Astley and the river

    Comment by Gary Vause — June 11, 2017 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  27. A quail was singing at the bottom of the ‘whinchat fence’ this afternoon. It seemed to be in a large area of buttercups just to the right of the fence. Also the little gull was still on Astley Lake.

    Comment by martin robinson — June 9, 2017 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

    • BLNE has 3 Quail at Swillington Ings yesterday?

      Comment by John Martin — June 10, 2017 @ 10:08 am | Reply

      • Three quail were heard at the same time by PM and myself at bottom hillside between path and ditch.

        Comment by Nick Smith — June 10, 2017 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  28. Early morning – 2nd year little Gull still on Astley & black tern between the river and Astley.
    Quail singing on hillside in similar area at 6:50. Was below the kissing gate at the top of whinchat fence but I wasn’t sure if it was in the field east or west of the fence.
    Cuckoo also flew towards old lock area from lemonroyd bridge entrance.
    1 grey heron went through east

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 9, 2017 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  29. Hobby over hillside at 14:30 observed to catch a hirundine, probably a Sand Martin

    Comment by sibgchairman — June 8, 2017 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  30. Quail still present on the hillside again today, please stick to the paths, the bird can be heard calling without entering the fields.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 8, 2017 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  31. Red legged partridge near dragline this afternoon.

    Comment by Mel Rowell — June 8, 2017 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  32. Second calendar-year Little Gull back at Skelton Lake this morning. Black Tern still alternating between Astley Lake and the river below Fleet Weir. Ringed Plovers at Astley and St. Aidan’s. Little Ringed Plover at Astley.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 8, 2017 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  33. Quail heard calling again this evening on the hillside, ( RSPB warden JPI).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 7, 2017 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  34. Bittern flew from Lowther @ 1330 today

    Comment by JK — June 7, 2017 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  35. Bittern flew from Lowther area towards Balance Res. @ 1145

    Comment by JK — June 6, 2017 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  36. Second calendar-year Little Gull again at Astley Lake briefly early morning, Black Tern still coming and going. Male Garganey on the Main Lake at St. Aidan’s, also Goldeneye in heavy wing moult.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 6, 2017 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  37. No sign of Little Gull at Astley this morning, but the first brood of Tufted Ducks. The Black Tern is still flying up and down over the river. Two male Garganeys on the Main Lake (neither as far into eclipse as the bird there a week ago).

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 5, 2017 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  38. Quail heard faintly 1130 from 100 m east of sign West end of path hillside, then again 1205, by 1230 it had been located 200m west of sign, at times very close and loud.

    Comment by Julian — June 4, 2017 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  39. Spoonbill flew from hidden pond to eastern reedbed and back early am. Then flew to pond with no name where it was busy feeding for some time. Bittern was in reeds to right of the pens, except for a brief visit to Lowther lake. Female hobby flew over reservoir towards Swillington Park, whilst male was hawking over r&f. Peregrine took prey high behind dragline as I left.

    Comment by Rob P — June 4, 2017 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  40. Also Stoat ran across path at bottom of hillside

    Comment by sibgchairman — April 26, 2017 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  41. Pete Griffin

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

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

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