Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fairburn and St Aidans

My first of call was down Lin Dike at Fairburn Ings, the plan was to find the Great White Egret  down here,  move on to the centre and take some photos but that changed when a guy told me it had moved onto St Aidians again, so the plan now was to enjoy sometime down here then onto said site.

Down Lin Dike were Canada, and Greylag Geese, and a Pink footed Goose, yaffle of a Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Robin, ChaffinchBlue Tit and on the waters Teal, Pochard, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, after all that I had eventually  made it to the hide.

From Lin Dike Hide were mainly Black headed Gulls but I also saw Teal , a couple of Little Egret, Shelduck, Pochard, Canada Geese, Moorhen, Coots, and a Common Buzzard over

On then to St Aidans where the Great White Egret hopefully was, after a brief encounter with a fellow birder on arrival I found the egret on the nearby pond near the visitor centre. The egret was at a distance slowly making its way around the edges, it was good to see this species again last time was back in the Gambia in March 2017.

Time for a walk around the place, it was very muddy underfoot wish I’d have put my wellies on, looking over towards the hill Common Buzzards could be seen, 5 in the air at once joined by a Red Kite, great to see a few birds of prey in the air at once. Onward then to one of the smaller ponds where I saw Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, and Pochard.

I then made my way down to the gorse bushes hoping to find some smaller birds, from a distance a Bittern was in flight before settling back amongst the reeds, down at the gorse a pair of Stonechat were playing around giving picture opportunities, with patience. A Ringed Plover was on the nearby pool along with a couple of Pied Wagtails, and a Oystercatcher, Redshank, and a Male Marsh Harrier on the way back to the car to finish off a splendid day

Todays List : Bittern, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red Kite, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Starling, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck,Wigeon, Woodpigeon, Wren

Stonechat

Stonechat Male

Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Old Moor RSPB

Once again back at Old Moor, seemed like a good place to be today. Started at the Tree Sparrow Farm were plenty of Goldfinch and Greenfinch  were seen along with Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Reed Buntings, Blackbirds, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, blue Tit, Magpie and of course Tree Sparrows

Moving on then to the Family Hide where Black headed Gull, Common Gull and Cormorants were present along with plenty of wildfowl, especially Wigeon up on the grass bank with Canada Geese and Moorhens, and as always you’ll come across the friendly Robin here as I did when leaving the hide

Robin

On then I marched down to the Wader Scrap Hide flushing up a Green Woodpecker, not seen one that close for a long time, it dropped down on to the nearby banking so I decided to hang around in the vain hope of a picture, I managed a brief glimpse as it made its way along the banking in the hedgerow, if it just made its way a little bit more to the right into the little clearing  I’d have it, I was posed with camera…….it wasn’t to be off it flew over the banking and out of site, into the hide then.

From here I found Goldeneye ♂♀, Tufted Duck, and the Peregrine sat happily on one of the posts, a bit distant for a photo, also Cormorants, Lapwing, Goosander and Gadwall

On then to Wath ings hide Shovelers were encountered here along with Mute Swan, Common Snipes and Green Sandpiper

To finish the day off, after visiting the cafe of course was on to Broomhill Flash and maybe a Hawfinch which has been seen on and off in the car park for a few days now, it was on off whilst I was there, however good birds were seen. A Common Buzzard was lingering on the far side of the lake being harassed by Crows occasionally. Lots of Geese on show mainly Canadas with a few Greylag but looking thru them a smaller goose was on show a Barnacle Goose which was great to see. A covey of Red legged partridge on the far side also, an Oystercatcher on one of the Islands

The Day List :- Barnacle Goose, Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red legged partridge, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon

Grey Heron

Grey Heron