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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Quick Swillington Trip

Thanks to DW I was unexpectedly on my way to Swillington Ings at 0935 hrs. 6 Shelduck, 14 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, several Teal & Wigeon, hordes of Tufted Duck.

A surprise single Pinkfoot was in with a mobile 4 Greylags while many more of the latter were on the deck feeding.

4 Goosander chose to waddle across a partially flooded pathway giving us the opportunity to see this species actually walking on dry land, well almost.
Two annuals for the pr of us were seen: Black-necked Grebe & Great White Egret.
Other birds: 2 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher ditto Reed Bunting, 1 each Meadow Pipit, Skylark & Tree Sparrow, pr Bullfinch. The floorboards were creaking under the weight of BHGs with a fair number of Lapwing also around.

One of the distant big gulls appeared to have dipped its head and shoulders into some red dye or a bloody carcass.

One Mute Swan was bearing a ring on the left leg: white on red Y830.

PS from Judy Hogg:
Here we go. This swan was ringed 22.07.11 as a cygnet at Pugneys Country  Park. Also sighted on 04.07.16 at Swillington and 15.11.16 at Allerton Bywater.
For a swan of that age it doesn’t seemed to have travelled far and there is no record of it breeding anywhere. Wonder where it was between 22.07.11 and the 2016 sightings. Wish we could encourage more people to read and report ring numbers. Thanks Nigel and hope this is of interest.

Very interesting and thanks.