I made use of a few days holiday with a run out to Swillington Ings although on my own with Danny back at College.It was a grey start to the morning but warm with a temperature of 19°C which rose quickly later in the morning when the sun came out.The first birds I saw were Cormorants and a Little Egret at the side of the river as I crossed the bridge into the reserve, I saw more of both as the morning went on.The reserve looked very different to our normal visits in the spring with the water levels low and ideal for waders.There was a good number of Lapwings,Snipe,Dunlin,Ringed Plover, Ruff,Black Tailed Godwit, a Greenshank and a Curlew Sandpiper was spotted by other birders with scopes alas with the bins I missed out on this one.
A good number of other species were also seen with Reed Warblers still flying around,Reed Buntings, Wheatear,Kestrel,Gadwall,GC Grebe and House Martins,Sand Martins and Swallows were flying around.There were also Butterflies,Dragonflies and Damsilflies around.
|Ringed Plover Juv|
|Ringed Plover and Greenshank|
|Dunlin and Snipe, CS poss on left|
|A waders day|
|Swillington Ings 6/9/2016|