Healy Mills

Morning walk out around the Healy Mills/Kerries/Dewsbury Sewage Farm complex early on Friday on what was to be a beautiful sunny morning, the insects were out as well as the birds. First encounters on site were the  Sand Martins doing aerial displays around the colony, two male Goosanders on the river along with Mallards. Futher in and hoverflies, craneflies and butterflies were about these being mainly Euopedes hoverflies, Scorpion Cranefly and Orange tip Butterfly.

There was also a good selection of summer migrants about now on site and they seem to be settling in nicely with Chiffchaff, Blackcaps’, and a good selection of Common Whitethroats’ on what seemed to be every bushFurther around and on the sewage farm Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers had arrived on site and were building territories calling from the reeds, Reed Buntings, Mute Swan, Little Grebes, Gadwall and Pied wagtails were found. Oystercacther, Black headed Gulls, Crows, Woodpigeons and Stock Dove on the filter beds with Sand Martins Swallows and Swifts overhead

There wasn’t a shortage of butterflies either with Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange tips and Whites all seen

Around the pool edges I found Large Red and Blue tailed Damselflies

I finished my walk around the sight with Sparrowhawk flying over

List :-

Great Tit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Goosander, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. Moorhen, Coot, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Crow, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose,


Blue tailed damselfly

Blue tailed Damselfly


Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

2 responses to “Healy Mills

  1. I’m interested the sewage farm was so productive. On Abaco some of the best birding is (slightly depressingly) around the settlement dumps. Unattractive though, and one needs to be careful with the background in photographs… RH

    • Thanks RH once again for the comment great to know people are reading….Its rather surprising how good these places are world wide..so long as you remember to face down wind 😉

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