Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fairburn Ings in the Sun

    Finally got out and about today after all my hospital visits
    for me and then my daughter but all ok now.
    Anyway decided to venture down to Fairburn Ings after
    hearing about the Spoonbills breeding there, I think it must
    have been too hot for the birds as there wasn't much about really
    or any that stood around long enough for a photograph apart from
    a young Bittern that had been seen close up by a lot of people
    including DP who I bumped into down there, but guess what I
    missed it but I did get to see 3 Spoonbills from about a mile away
    it was just one of those days especially after I ended up crashing
    into the car in front on the way home, how there was no damage
    to either car I'll never know.
    Lots of Little Egrets were about on the reserve, 2 Buzzards were
    seen and a Green Woodpecker in flight and a couple of Willow Tits
    and all the regular birds that visit the reserve, it was nice to see a
    Greenshank at Lin Dyke and two Kestrels dancing about over the
    fields, I also bumped into Steve C and his wife who go on the Hudds
    & Halifax bird trips both very keen birders and a lovely couple.
    I then drove up to St Aidans at Swillington but it looked very quiet,
    I asked a few birders if they'd seen owt but all said not much seen, so
    with being roasted under the sun decided to have a coffee in the hut
    and then set off home.

    Garden has been fantastic for bird life the last couple of weeks, its
    been really busy, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tits
    and Linnet all visiting regular and a daily Sparrowhawk fly through, one
    of which nearly hit my arm as it swooped past me. I find it kind of strange
    with the Linnet visiting regular, one visited a few months ago for a couple
    of days but now theres 2 a male and a female and they seem to be hanging
    around with the Goldfinch all the time, also had Deer and a Frog in the
    So bye for now, I think I'm gonna try Staveley tomorrow weather permitting.


  1. Interesting blog Dave with plenty of info.
    Hope you had the sun cream on!!
    Like the feeding Common Terns pic - great birds to watch and birds I rarely see
    Glad to hear you're OK.

  2. Thanks John yes I'm fine now, was still at hossie tho daughter was taken in
    for a couple of nights, oh the joys haha.
    Yeah had the sun cream on mate didn't stop me crashing into the back of someones car though haha but all ok in the end. hope your ok mate.