On the Patch

Decided on a morning around some of the patch sites namely the Ingbirchworth area. First stop was near Broadstones were a field of Black headed and Common Gulls got me attention, in and amongst the gulls were Starling, Rook, and Lapwings, also saw Redwings, Fieldfares, Jackdaws, Blackbirds, Crows, Magpies etc on my travel around. I didn’t stop again until I was approaching the reservoir (Ingbirchworth) were a flock of geese got my attention this time, 60+ Greylag geese with a single Pink footed goose, in an adjoining field I found a group of Grey Partridge, about 9 birds holding themselves to the ground as they do when feeling threatened, so I was off stopping then at the reservoir. Here I saw Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Gull, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, and then the surprise of the day 2 Bewick’s Swans (Cygnus bewickii), a patch and Yorkshire first for me.

I went then closer to home were Black headed and Common Gulls were on the playing fields, and a Little Owl was near the old farm.

We then had a walk around Pugneys Country Park near Wakefield and here on our walk around we saw, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Redwing, Lapwing,

I made final stop then at Sands Lane to have another looksie at the Great northern Diver. The day finished nicely at home with a Robin visiting the garden



View from Hide over Nature Reserve at Pugneys

Pugneys Pano

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