A rare visit to Cononley Ings this afternoon with cloudy skies and a temperature of 5°C. Cononley lies between Keighley and Skipton and is surrounded by low lying area near the river that often floods during the Winter which makes it a good spot for wildfowl and waders.I parked up in the village and took the track down to the the river which was very muddy and often covered with water so wellies are a must for this mile or so walk.After my trek I was rewarded with c750 Lapwings, c250 Wigeon, c100 BH Gulls, 60 Golden Plover, 4 Shelduck and at least 2 Teal.They were still a long way off so pictures were difficult but a great site when they all took to the air after being spooked by something, maybe a passing train.On my way back I added Goldcrest, LT Tit, Pheasant, Robin and other common species.
|muddy track to the river|
|BH Gulls,Lapwings and Golden Plover having a wash|
|Good to see Golden Plover again|
|Wigeon some distance away|
|Wigeon at Cononley Ings 6/2/2017|