Week 42 saw me back with the birds and a long staying rarity in the form of a White tailed Lapwing was seen, with difficulty, at Blacktoft Sands RSPB reserve. This birds breed on inland marshes in Iraq, Iran and southern Russia with the Russian birds migrating to the Indian subcontient, Middle East and North east Africa, so a very rare bird for the UK this being the 8th for the UK but the 1st for Yorkshire. Other birds around the WT Lapwing were, Dunlin, Redshank, Northern Lapwing, Black tailed Godwit, Ruff and Spotted Redshank. There were Marsh Harriers over the reed and Water Rail skulking along the bottom of the reeds, Teal, Wigeon, Coot and Moorhens too. We also found a few Common Darter Dragonflies on the approach to the hide when we were leaving.
We then moved onto Adwick Washlands where we picked up a single Grey Phalarope close into the path area, a great opportunity to see my 2nd Grey Phalarope close to. Other birds were Bullflinch, Chaffinch, Spotted Redshank, Black headed Gulls, Wigeon, Gadwall and Teals.
After Adwick we moved on to Old Moor mainly for the reported Caspian Gull, which we didn’t see. we did however find some Common Snipe along with a single Jack Snipe, from the reedbed hide. At the new lookout hide, Common Gulls, Herring Gulls, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard. A single Common Darter was found around the pool area. Around the feeders were Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Woodpigeon
Birds for the Day : Blackbird, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Bullflinch, Canada Goose, Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunlin, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Phalarope, Herring Gull, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Egret, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Ruff, Shoveler, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Tufted Duck, Water Rail, WHITE TAILED LAPWING, Wigeon, Woodpigeon