Nine members were well rewarded on the annual trip to Blacktoft with good weather and excellent birding. Immediately sightings of Bearded Tits were had from the visitors centre before we’d even had a chance to get properly started. Juveniles or females were then seen from a number of the hides throughout the day. Excitement rose when two Barn Owl chicks were spotted in the owl box. A closer inspection however, revealed them to be juvenile Kestrels. Of the 43 species of bird identified, the stars (other than the Bearded Tits) were undoubtedly the Green Sandpipers, Ruff in a variety of plumages, Spotted Redshank still with considerable remnants of their summer plumage, a juvenile Water Rail spotted skulking in the reeds by Mr Conroy, three Greenshank and finally a flock of 6 Spoonbills which definitely didn’t skulk. The Marsh Harriers put on a grand display with both male and female birds flying by at closish quarters. A thoroughly excellent trip – Blacktoft never seems to let us down at this time of year.
- 16 February 2019
103 Canada & 43 Greylag Geese, 9 Mandarins, 2 Pintail still, 4+ Gadwall, 7 Tufteds, 2 drake Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 23 GC & 4 Little Grebes, a Grey Partridge, 4 Oystercatchers, 256 Lapwings, an adult Glaucous Gull in the roost, Raven & Willow Tit.
- 15 February 2019
4 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 4 Oystercatchers, 259 Lapwings, 9 Woodcock out of Carr Wood at dusk was the second best count ever (13 on 20 Jan 1990), 2 Tawny Owls calling at dusk, 2 Willow Tits and the Twite still with the Linnet flock though mobile along the West Bank.
- News 14/2/19
Thanks to Rod Key for the following:- CARSINGTON WATER Three Snow Buntings flew over the Visitor Centre heading for Stones Island late morning on Feb 14th. The adult Great Northern Diver still present on Feb. 13th along with 5 Ruff. Four Pintail flew in on Feb 9th and up to 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 1 […]