Monday, 6 February 2017

Cononley Ings

Monday 6th February p.m.
 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

male Teal

BH Gulls,Lapwings and Golden Plover having a wash

Golden Plover


Good to see Golden Plover again

Wigeon some distance away

Wigeon at Cononley Ings 6/2/2017



  1. Amazing I've never seen as many Wigeon or Golden Plover as that.

  2. Thanks John and Dave, it was a treat to see so many Wigeon and a great sight as they flew around, I only spotted the Golden Plover when they took to the air and then they came down to feed in the distance.Nigel.