Friday, 30 November 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Lesser Yellowlegs and Wood Sandpiper still present, not seen by me but info from LDBWS, also 2 Waxwing. My flying visit was highlighted by 16 Rooks mixed in with other corvid on the stubble fields. The large flock of Chaffinch still present.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Friday morning....

Freeman’s Pool Goldeneye, gadwall, moorhen and coot. On the track a large flock of chaffinch, 120approx, very mobile. Reed bunting and linnet present and a few fieldfare and redwing in the nearby trees. Wildfowlers’ Pool 6 goldeneye, 8 little grebe, a wader, possibly lesser yellowlegs but when I got round on the embankment side I couldn’t find the thing, a birder said he had seen it today and that it had been reported yesterday. On the marsh were half a dozen little egrets. Steve

Monday, 19 November 2012

It's official?......

The Lesser Yellowlegs and Wood Sandpiper still present. Interesting that Wood Sandpiper has not made the journey south, can this bird now be said to be wintering? 3 Goldeneye, Little Grebe and Tufted Duck also here. On Saturday a Chiffchaff was seen on the sewage works track, also a handful of Coal Tits. Ravens were hanging about the pylons. A flock of 8 Linnets were moving north along the river bank. A flock of Greenfinch, up to 9, was also present. On the marsh 5 Little Egrets and the usual Canada/Greylag Geese, 3 skeins of Pink feet 70, 175, 70, Lapwing, Golden Plover and Dunlin all spooked by something. The maize fields have been cleared.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Such is life...........

Visited the patch AM. Freeman’s area, pool saw Goldeneye, Gadwall, Coot and Moorhen. In the trees were plenty of Redwing, flying off into wood, and a Great spotted Woodpecker female. Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch on track, Fieldfare half a dozen, 40 here the other day. Frog Pond saw 12 Wigeon. On Wildfowlers’ Pool Goldeneye, Shelduck, Snipe, Teal, Tufted Duck. On the Flood were 20 Black-tailed Godwit. On the marsh 5 Little Egret, 2 Great crested Grebe, Canada’s and Greylags. At the cutting birding was interrupted by a dying rabbit, my diagnosis of the observation was correct as a Stoat reappeared and continued its killing, they take forever, luckily a bloke suddenly turned up with a terrier which dispatched of the poor thing instantly. We watched as the Stoat dragged the rabbit off. Being a high tide I was hoping to see Pipits but couldn’t find any. 

and the lesser yellowlegs was also in the area of widfowlers this afternoon.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Legs & Co.

The message below was posted to the LDBWS site by Pete Crooks on Sunday:

"Lesser Yellowlegs - juvenile still on flooded fields next to Aldcliffe Wildfowlers' Pools and showing well this morning. Apart from one Snipe this was the only wader present 

Also: 6 Little Egrets on Aldcliffe Marsh, but otherwise quiet."

Good to know it's still around! Thanks for the update Pete.


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mellow Yellow......

AM. Fieldfare have arrived and what beautiful birds to cheer up a cold November morning. On the track by the Flood were at least 35 Blackbird, also Redwing, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch present. Pete C was on the sea wall observing the waders, the Lesser Yellowlegs juv and Wood Sandpiper juv were showing very well in the sunlight. Also present were Snipe, Goldeneye, and Scaup possibly 2, one being harder to id for sure. 2 Meadow Pipits were seen from the gate on the track, the Wildfowlers' Pool is the place to be at the moment.