Hi friends :-)
It's official ... Summer is here ...
Hosepipe ban soon then ;-)
So ... Here is today's news for you's guys ..
Old Moor to begin ..
Reported from the Wader Scrape were a little egret, a green sandpiper and 2 dunlins ..
Wath Ings had lapwings and a yellow wagtail ..
There were 2 oystercatchers seen flying over the reedbeds as were 4 common terns .. A peregrine falcon was spotted sitting on a pylon near to the car park at 9:30am and a kingfisher was also seen flying over the driveway leading down to the car park ..
A great report was of a black-necked grebe which paid a visit to the Mere !! ... Cool !!
A juvenile bullfinch was seen in the Bird Garden as was a great spotted woodpecker..
A no fixed abode report was of 2 common buzzards ..
And now here's a word from Nige:-)
Bolton Ings ..
Seen here were 3 grey herons, 4 great-crested grebes with 3 young, 20+ little grebes, 35 tufted ducks plus 6 broods, 4 pochards, 172 coots, 77 black-headed gulls, a lesser black-backed gull, 4 common terns plus a juvenile seen flying around too, a male reed warbler, 2 male sedge warblers, 2 male whitethroats, a male blackcap, 3 male chiffchaffs, a green woodpecker and a kestrel ..
Thanks Nige !!
Now for some extra news....
Wombwell Ings had 2 grey herons, c40 coots, c15 tufted ducks, a great crested grebe, 2 little grebes, a redshank, a blackbird, swifts and swallows, wood pigeons, black-headed gulls, house sparrows, 14 Canada geese seen flying towards Old Moor, and finally a mute swan with 5 cygnets ..
Edderthorpe Flash had 2 common terns, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, swifts, cormorants, c20 black-headed gulls, 14 mute swans plus cygnets, a good sized flock of lapwings, c60 coots, tufted ducks, mallards with ducklings and a kestrel ..
Lastly over to Broomhill Flash ..
Reported from here were house martins, moorhens, black-headed gulls, 6 stock doves, an oystercatcher, Canada geese, mallards, mute swans, a kestrel with young, tufted ducks, swifts and house martins flying South, a pied wagtail, lapwings and goldfinches...
So there you go .. All done for today !!!
Have a great evening everyone ;-)
An interesting extra note, is that one of the juvenile bitterns was seen again yesterday at Edderthorpe. Obviously not a long term prospect, without any sizeable patch of reedbed, but it must be finding enough food there for now....