Tuesday 18 February 2014

The Edge 18th Feb

Wombwell Ings early AM- Certainly felt like an early Spring day when a chorus of birdsong greeted me on getting out of the car. A singing Mistle Thrush dominated the more numerous Robin, Blackbird and  Chaffinch voices. Walking on to the Ings was even more of a pleasure with at least 3 singing Skylarks. Other birds noted were 6 Grey Heron, 4a+3j Mute Swan, 151 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 200+ Wigeon, 21 Mallard, 12 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 3m Goosander, 7 Lapwing, 47 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, 6 Red Legged Partridge, 30+ Redwing, 7 Pied Wagtail, 5m+2f Reed Bunting(all in the large central bush), 5+ Skylark and 1 Kingfisher.

Broomhill Flash mid AM- A Peregrine  sitting in the back field was upstaged by a hunting Stoat that eventually ran its rabbit prey to ground. Also present were 95 Canada Geese, 28 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 2f+1m Goldeneye, 1f+1m Pochard, 116 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 18 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Partridge and 1 Hare. J Thompson saw a Little Owl in the hedge between the Flash and Clegg's Meadow.

Bolton Ings late PM/early PM- Present were 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 flyover Cormorant, 4a+3j Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 29 Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard, 13 Gadwall, 5f+4m Goosander, 4 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 25+ Lapwing, 1 flyover Golden Plover, 120+ BH Gull, 19 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Buzzard and 1 singing Reed Bunting.

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