Birdbrain Stuff

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Swillington and Fairburn Ings

Courtesy of Dave W we arrived in good time at Swillington to find it reminiscent of Queensbury with water. The skies were grey, the wind was blowing and the temperature descending.
Water levels were surprisingly high which put paid to any wader activity. On the bright side the conditions seemed to inhibit Common Terns from galloping around at speed so we had good views as they flew about rather sedately.
Other pertinent birds in small numbers: Gadwall, Pochard, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck. I found the Black-headed gulls quite impertinent so ignored 'em. 1 each Kestrel & Whitethroat, 5 Sedge & 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackap, c10 Cormorant.
Despite the atypical weather the joint was jumping with Hirundines and Swifts.

A short tour of Fairburn produced Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, WW, 1 Little Egret ditto LRP (my first for 2016). Dave beat me to a shot or two of the LRP just as a Sparrowhawk zipped over and flushed it and everything nearby like a supercharged dunny. Also 2 Shelduck and a calling Cuckoo supported by lots of Swallows etc.