Saturday 29 April 2017

Wintersett VIS. MIG. DREAM 29.04.17

Ringing was poor this morning for Pete Smith and Jonathan Holliday so they packed up early and headed to the car park,   On the way  back they picked up a Tweet from John Wozencroft alerting birders that Jon O'Malley had reported an immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew  north west from Stainton Quarry near Doncaster at 10.40hrs. 
Pete and Jonathan calculated that Wintersett is NW from Stainton so maybe they would be in with a chance of a fly through.  They put on a pace to get to Vis. Mig. Hill at Anglers CP. 
Within a few minutes Jonathan had picked up a huge bird flying west over Haw Park Wood.  Pete got on it quickly and  together they confirmed it was the  WHITE-TAILED EAGLE.  They observed it for 5 minutes as it headed west towards the moors. 3 unlucky members of the team were scattered around the area and too far away to get to a viewpoint. 
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is a new, and dreamed of,  bird for the Wintersett List. 
Many thanks to John Wozencroft for putting the news out.   Huge congratulations to the finders.
Other sightings today (from the dippers, through  gritted teeth for a short time)  although the day was still very good, with  a further  3 new birds for the year list.   
Anglers CP:  Avocet 1 in shallows + 3 south west 11.30hrs.   Shelduck 2 flew north.  Long-tailed Duck 1 immature male.  Goldeneye 1 imm. male + 1 female.    Wigeon 1 male + 1 female.  Common Tern 5 + 2 north.  Common Sandpiper 2.  Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 12.15hrs. 
Anglers CP afternoon Vis. Mig:   Little Ringed Plover 2.  Dunlin  1.  Sanderling 1.  Arctic Tern 1.  Goosander 1 drake  south.  Peregrine 1 over.    Whimbrel  2 north.
Additional Information received for Saturday 29th April per Steve Peel. A Party of 2 Dunlin and a LITTLE  STINT flew into ACP shallows at 16.00hrs, landed briefly and the flew off south,
Cold Hiendley Res: Mallard 5 very small young - first young of the year.
Wintersett Res:  Going north: Great Black-backed Gull 1 1st summer.   Common Gull 1 1st summer. Yellow Wagtail 1.  Redpoll 3.

Avocet                             Anglers CP        CSwaine

Long-tailed Duck            Anglers CP   PMeredith

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