a bit cold on opening up early this morning and the news is Broomhill Hide should be open to be used next week inside but more work is needed on the exterior. Here are todays sightings from Alan Whitehouse.
15th February Wombwell Ings
No initial sign of any plovers at first but after 10 minutes c50 Golden Plover flew over to Broomhill Flash and later I noticed 6 Lapwing on the western end of the Ings. When I left I could 30+ of each species were feeding on the brow of the backfield( first area to be defrosted by the rising Sun and allow feeding? ). Also present were 2 Mute Swan, 188+ Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 155 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 7 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1m+4f Goosander, 4 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 12 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 27 BH Gull, 6 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush and 6 Pied Wagtail.
3 Buzzard could be seen circling over Bolton west end. 10+ Redwing were the first seen for a few weeks.
On the open water were 3 Mute Swan, 24 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 10 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 2m+2f Goosander, 1f Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 1Great Crested Grebe, 111 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 18 BH Gull and 1 Herring Gull. Also present were 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Green Woodpecker.
That’s all for now but check back soon!