A dull overcast start with a temperature of 11°C but soon brightening up as the morning wore on.I am still calling this site Swillington Ings but it has now been adopted by the RSPB who are calling it St Aiden's.
As usual a good selection of birds starting off with Avocets,Common Terns,Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler and plenty Greylags and Canadas with Goslings.In the reeds I saw at least ten Reed Warblers and the same number each of Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting.It was good to hear Bitterns booming from several different spots whilst overhead were good numbers of Swifts,Sand Martins and Swallows.Others included Kestrel,Whitethroat,Chiffchaff,Willow Warbler,Little Grebe,Gt Crested Grebe with chicks, Linnet,Cormorant, Grey Heron and Oystercatcher and other common species.
Back on the local front it was good to see the reports from B.S. on his West Yorkshire Birding site confirming my suspected Whimbrel at Leeshaw yesterday was a definite, nice to get a lifer in the local area.
|Gt Crested Grebe with chicks, a couple are hidden away on its back|
|Swillington Ings/St Aiden's 14/5/2017|