Monday, March 02, 2020

Around and about....

Several sites along with AT today starting off with a message via BS and CS about Whooper Swans on Ogden. By the time we got there the 20 or so reported earlier had moved on though there were still 3 on the reservoir. Whether these were part of the earlier group or additional ones after the earlier ones had moved on - not sure (?) Still very nice to see. Looked like two adults with a sub-adult.
Not a lot else there other than 2 or more Treecreepers and a few of the usual species including one adult lesser Black-backed Gull.

Mixenden Reservoir - not a lot. No Goldeneye, Just a Tufted Duck drake and a Cormorant

Cold Edge - Curlew with the Canada Goose flock along with at least 2 Greylag Geese and a Moorhen

Ovenden Moor - 3 Buzzards came over drifting >W

Fly Flatts - A few Canada Geese and Mallard - then a small wader in flight way across the reservoir. We had to leave it unidentified with an early warning call to BS to check it out in the afternoon. BS duly obliged - Ringed Plover - a very early arrival but plenty of shoreline and mud up there to invite waders in. it's just the weather that puts things off especially today in the heavy snow flurries and cold, biting wind. See Brian's blog (West Yorkshire Birding) for some nice shots of the Ringed Plover.

Swales Moor - Ringby Lane, on the top. Just 1 Pied Wagtail this afternoon, Meadow Pipit and a Skylark.
An enjoyable days birding.


Brian Sumner . said...

The 3 Swans were part of the main group Dave. The rest landed over the hill on Lower Laithe and were still there this morning , Tues.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Phew Dave.
I bet you slept well after that outing!