the weather here is going to turn mild again with temperatures expected to reach double figures, go figure! Here are a couple of updates sightings wise and the hide at Broomhill Flash is expected to be finished in 2-3 weeks.
22nd January Wombwell Ings
Present were 98 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 Shelduck, 104 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 11 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 2m+2f Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1m+2f Goosander 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 314 Golden Plover(the highest total on the ings this winter), 159 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 122 BH Gull, 7 Common Gull and a group of 6 Pied Wagtail.
A female Smew, first noticed by J.Seeviour, was the highlight of the day. Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 17 Canada Geese, 23 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 7m+5f Pochard, 3m+3f Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 1m+1f Goosander, 1 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 161 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 10 Lapwing over, 67 BH Gull, 14 Common Gull and 1 Herring Gull.
21st January Edderthorpe Flash.
Edderthorpe flash was 90% frozen and only a little at the eastern and western end was free of ice. The usual suspects were :-
Mute Swan, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Grey Heron, Black Headed Gull, Gadwall, Shelduck, Lapwing, Common Buzzard, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Pintail Duck (drake), Pink Footed Goose x2, Goldeneye ♀, Crow, Dunock, Magpie, Wood Pigeon.
Reed beds produced 2 Bearded Tits a male and a female. Sacrificial crop area produced Chaffinch, Green Finch, Gold Finch, Brambling, Siskin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Tree Sparrow.
That’s all the news for now but keep checking back for the latest sightings.