Saturday 24 November 2012

Wibsey/Harold Parks & Park Dam

Saturday November 24th a.m.
 A cold frosty, cloudy start to the day with just a temperature of 1°C with our first port
of call being Wibsey Park where there is a decent sized pond.
Wibsey List
5 - BH Gulls
8 - Canadas
5 - Coot
1 - Magpie
c50 - Mallard
9 - Moorhen
6 - Tufted Duck.
  We then moved on to Harold Park where there was a better selection of birds, good to
see the Great Crested Grebes again with the Juveniles doing well. We also caught up with
the pair of Mute Swans with five Juveniles which were likely to be the one which bred at
Park Dam,just down the road.Also a local first for us as we saw a pair of Wigeon at
distance near the island.
Harold Park List
c100 - BH Gull
5 - Common Gull
c30 - Coot
3 - Gt C. Grebe including Juvenile
1 - LBB Gull
c50 - Mallard
10 - Moorhen
8 - Mute Swan inc. Juvs.
10 - Tufted Duck
2 - Wigeon
plus other common species.
  From here we finished off at Park Dam where there was a good number of Canadas
shivering in a frosty field.There were still Gt C. Grebes on the water together with a
Little Grebe.
Park Dam List
c50 - BH Gulls
51 - Canadas
3 - Common Gull
6 - Coot
8 - Goldfinch
2 - Gt C. Grebe
1 - LBB Gull
1 - Little Grebe
6 - Mallard
2 - Moorhen
2 - Tufted Duck
Plus other common species.
Mute Swan

Mute Swan Juv.

Gt C. Grebe

Gt C. Grebe Juv

female Tufted Duck

Distant record shot of Wigeon

Canadas in cold frosty field

Mute Swan family joined by another adult

Wibsey Park pond



  1. That's a good haul and Wigeon too. I can't remember seeing it in Harold Park when I lived nearby many lives ago.

  2. Thanks Nigel, it was a good bonus to see the Wigeon.