29th-April – 11th May

Hi Guys,

just a quick sentence to say that my friend Andy Roadhouse who passed away recently after a long battle with cancer was cremated yesterday and that I have never seen so many people at the crematorium. It just shows how well liked and respected Andy really was and he be missed by all that knew him.

 

   Andy Roadhouse 25th October 1966 – 29th April 2017

 

Here are some sightings to bring us to date.

 

11th May Wombwell Ings

The small wader I tweeted out as a possible Little Stint was flushed by a Crow towards the eastern end of the main pool, before several local birders arrived to confirm the identification of the bird. It was relocated shortly afterwards on the Waderscrape at Old Moor RSPB with the general consensus being it was a probable Little Stint.
 The other highlight of the day was seeing a Cuckoo fly low south-eastwards across the ings at 10.15am. Also present were 7 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 22+6y Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, 22 Mallard, 21 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 74 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker and 1 Sedge Warbler.

 

10th May Wombwell Ings

Present were 35+6y Greylag, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 4 Shelduck, 24 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 9 Lapwing, 4 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 17 BH Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 5 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Linnet.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 27 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag,15 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 17 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing, 6 Oystercatcher, 40 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 2 Common Tern  through at 10.10am. A Sedge Warbler was singing in the car park and a Lesser Whitethroat on the Top Lane.

TPT

Singing males 13 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff and 5 Blackcap.

Bolton Ings

On the open water were 3+6y Mute Swan, 6 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 13 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 42+2y Coot, 210+ BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 1 yaffling Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler.

 

9th May Wombwell Ings

Walked on to the sight of 60+ Swift and 30+ Swallow hawking low for insects along the Bulling Dyke, at times only five feet above my head. Surely  warmer days can’t be too far away. Also present were 37 Canada Geese, 31+6y Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 4 Shelduck, 15 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 8 Lapwing, 3 Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 25 BH Gull, 6 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Mistle Thrush.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 14 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 50+ Swift.

TPT

c80 Swift hawking over the Trail. Singing males included 11 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap.

Bolton Ings

Singing around the hide were 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and a yaffling Green Woodpecker. On the open water were 2+6y Mute Swan, 9 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 18 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 39+3y Coot, and 225+ BH Gull. Also present were 1 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail.

 

8th May Wombwell Ings

Present were 1 Mute Swan, 24 + 6y Greylag, 20 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 4 Shelduck, 25 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Teal. 1 Grey Heron, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 11 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 6 Lapwing, 6 Black Tailed Godwit over 8.35am, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 32 BH Gull, c50 Swift, 30+ House Martin, c20 Swallow, 4+ Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 singing Sedge Warbler and 5 Linnet.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 14 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 18 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 8 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 22 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 3 Common Tern through west at 10.05am and 1 Mistle Thrush.


TPT

Singing males included 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.


Bolton Ings

On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 19 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 45 Gadwall, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7+3y Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 38+2y Coot, c200 BH Gull and 2 LBB Gull. Also present were 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail,  3 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Bullfinch.

 

7th May Broomhill Flash

Common Tern 3, Kittiwake 1, Pink-footed Goose 1, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 3, Mistle Thrush 2.

 

6th May Broomhill Flash

Mute Swan 2, Great-crested Grebe 2, Lesser black-backed Gull 2, Herring Gull 47, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Swift 230+, House Martin 20+, Shelduck 3, Buzzard 2.

 

5th May Broomhill Flash

Mute Swan 2, Great-crested Grebe 2, Shelduck 2, Redshank 1, Red-legged Partridge 1, Teal 3, Pochard 5, Swift 10+, White Wagtail 1, Herring Gull 37, Sparrowhawk 1, Mistle Thrush 2, Pink-footed Goose 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Hobby 1, Grey Heron 1, Lesser black-backed Gull 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 1.

 

4th May Wombwell Ings

Present were 4 Mute Swan, 23 +6y Greylag, 22 Canada Geese, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 4 Shelduck, 27 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 15 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 11 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 6 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 36 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Linnet.

Broomhill Flash

Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 3 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 13 Herring Gull and 3 LBB Gull.

TPT

Singing males included 8 Willow Warbler,7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Also 1 Buzzard.

Bolton Ings

On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 11 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe,37 Coot , c300 BH Gull and 1 LBB Gull. Also present were 2 Kingfisher, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler  and three singing Whitethroat. 

 

3rd May Wombwell Ings

Present were 1 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Geese, 12+6y Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 3 Shelduck, 33 Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck, 14 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 8+ Lapwing, 6 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, 28 BH Gull, 2 Swift, 8 Skylark, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Linnet.

Broomhill Flash

Present were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine through 10.25am, 9 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 13+ Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Swift  and 3 Mistle Thrush.

TPT

Singing males included 11 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush.

Bolton Ings

On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 6 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 17 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 9 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 39+1y Coot, 300+ BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Cetti’s Warbler.

 

Ron Marshall’s been at Broomhill Flash, Bar-tailed Godwit.  Beautiful plumage!

 
 
2nd May Wombwell Ings
Present were 16+6y Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 34 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 11 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6+ Lapwing, 6 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 17 BH Gull, 4+ Skylark and 5 Linnet.
Broomhill Flash
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 16 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 7 Lapwing,  4 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Herring Gull, 60+ Swift and 3 Mistle Thrush.
TPT
Singing males  10 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap and 2 Lesser Whitethroat ( one either side of Old Moor RSPB entrance ). Also 3 Bullfinch.
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 10 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 39 Coot and 320+ BH Gull. Also present were 2 Kestrel, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Whitethroat, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler.
 
 
1st May Wombwell Ings
Present were 7+6y Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, 36 Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 4 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 female Pintail, 11 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 6+ Lapwing,  3 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 18 BH Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 4+ Skylark, 2 Rook and 5 Linnet.
Warbler Way
Singing males included 22 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush.
Bolton Ings
On the open water were 1 Mute Swan, 15 Greylag, 7 Canada Geese, 31 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 41+ 3y Coot, 260+ BH
Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 4 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Willow Tit and 3 Bullfinch.
Broomhill Flash
Highlight was the two Black Tern which left when the weather improved about 12.30pm. Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 13 Greylag, 1 Pink Footed Goose, 22 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 1 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine over 1pm, 16 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5+ Lapwing , 2 Snipe and 4 Herring Gull. Seen earlier in the morning were 2 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Greenshank.
 
 
30th May Broomhill Flash
 
Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe 2, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 1, Buzzard 4, Swift, Black Tern 6.
 
 
29th May Broomhill Flash
Mallard  +3y, Swift 8, Sparrowhawk 2, Pochard 7, Great-crested Grebe 2, Common Gull 1, Herring Gull 30, Mute Swan 3, Wigeon 1♂, Curlew 1.
 
That’s it while this evening, so good birding!
 
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