Friday 7th May a.m.
Another frosty morning as I had a drive out to Swillington Ings where it started cloudy with a temperature of 3°C but sunny spells developed as the morning wore on. I started well as I went across the bridge leading to the site there was a Little Egret on the bank of the River Aire below. Astley Lake was full of birds including Gadwall, Common Tern, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Tufteds, Cormorant and BH Gulls. Waking round among the Reed Beds, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Bearded Tit, Linnet and Whitethroat were all seen. Overhead a couple of Kestrels were seen one perching briefly on an RSPB sign, several Swifts were also flying around, others included Shoveler, Canada, Mute Swan, Greylag, Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Bullfinch and Grey Heron. The highlight for me though was seeing the Black-necked Grebes again with one pair having two young.
|Swillington Ings 7/5/2021|