here are some updates for the area.
Bolton Ings early PM
– Occasionally, when it’s cold, raining or windy( sometimes all three together and that’s just summer), you think ” Is it worth traipsing on the Ings to see a few birds amongst the coots?”. But you do it any way. Then you get one of those brief spells of bird watching heaven. At 12.30, wanting to watch a closer view of two Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk vie for aerial supremacy over Bolton Tip, John Seeviour began to adjust his scope , stopped and exclaimed “My word a Bittern”(the nearest printable translation). On the edge of the reeds ,in the left hand corner of the pool in front of the hide, was an adult Bittern. Following its line of sight as it gazed upwards, I noticed two raptors skirmishing over Bolton East End. As the contest got closer, we got excellent views of a cream crowned Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard as the test of flying ability moved westwards over the Ings. Having watched the distraction, the bittern stayed out in the sun for a further 10 to 15 minutes before disappearing from view in just two short steps. Shortly afterwards the Buzzard returned pursued by a Kestrel, and to top it all, a Hobby joined in the chase of the larger raptor( Was it trying to Sub Buteo in the game?). During the disturbance 250+Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover and 2 Ruff sought sanctuary on the Ings. Feeling elated we started our journey back, stopping on the five arches bridge where we saw a Grey Wagtail on the Dearne and 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, a flock of Long Tailed Tits and a Goldcrest in the same elderberry bush. Not a bad hour bird watching.
Wombwell Ings mid AM
Present were 3 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Canada Goose, 49 Teal, 23 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Kestrel, 116 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 163 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 singing Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Broomhill Flash late AM
Noted were 11 Little Grebe, 16 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 1a+1y Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 18 Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard(over Cat Hill), 16 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 133 Lapwing, 5 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 6+ Yellow Wagtail( Clegg’s Meadow ).
Bolton Ings late AM/early PM
Just when you think “I could get used to these Indian summers” the whistling of 43 Wigeon reminds you that winter is not too far away. Also present were 11 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4a+7y Mute Swan, 1 Canada Geese, 44 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 2 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier (quartering for 10 minutes at 12pm), 1 Kestrel, 4 BH Gull, 85 Lapwing, 4 Black Tailed Godwit(thro east at 12pm), 1 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Brimstone butterfly.