Took a trip down to Wheldrake Ings near York has I had heard
a lot of good things about the place but alas it turned out to be
a total washout, it was still under lots of floodwater and the car
went for a swim up a dirt track but was getting deeper and deeper
so caution took the place of valour and we wisely bottled it, so then
on to Skipwith Common but got stopped because there was a shoot
on and the snobs didn't want to be disturbed from being big brave
men shooting birds, lots of Tree Sparrows were seen a harrier type
bird dived at a duck in a pond, a Yellowhammer showed up but was
too quick for my camera and a Merlin flew over, lots of noisy Teal,
Wigeon, Tufted Duck and tons of Gulls especially Great Black Backed
Gulls, we then decided to head nearer home and called to Fairburn Ings.
Fairburn Ings was a bit of a better choice for the day even though the
lighting was very poor, there was plenty of action at the feeders with
Long Tailed Tits, Tree Sparrows, Pheasant, Nuthatch, Green, Gold, Coal,
Great and Blue Tits, Blackbirds and a lifer for me a Willow Tit and what a
beautiful bird they are, Snipe, Shelduck, Moorhen and Coot were on the first
lake but just Gulls on the big lake and no Kingfisher seen on the river, 4 Heron
and 6 Cormorant flyover, Grey Partridge reported in fields and Red Breasted
Pochard reported but neither seen by me, next port of call was lin Dike for a
look on that lake.
Lin Dike had a lot of birds but all at the other side of the lake but
a nice sight of 300+ Canada and Greylag fly-in and 8 Shovelers on
the lake with a few Wigeon but no Pintail which I was hoping for.