Daily Archives: March 16, 2014

Healy Mills Nature Reserve

I decided on a quick morning dip around the Healy Mills reserve to start the day and maybe catch up with some early migrants, I did find a Chiffchaff but it was probably one of the over wintering birds. The first birds on site were Mallards and Moorhen on the river Calder, Grey Heron overhead. Around the feeders were the usual Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Chaffinch and this week I got a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a large female Sparrowhawk. On the river again Tufted Duck, Goosander (3♂ 1♀) and a pair of Teal.

On the sewage farm filter beds a few Pied Wagtails with 2 pale females which had me looking a bit longer. Crows and Black headed Gull. On the old beds Common Snipe (2), Teal, Shoveler. Coot, Mallards and Reed Buntings. On the way back thru I managed to pick up a pair of Jay flying over along with a pair of Stock Dove but the catch of the day was a brief sighting of a Kingfisher heading off down river

Male Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck