here are the latest sightings and a mega for the area for the lucky few that got to see the Red-footed Falcon, see report.
12th May Wombwell Ings
Present were 3 Mute Swan, 45 Canada Geese, 26 Greylag, 34 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 9 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 10 Coot, 6+1y Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Tern, 16 BH Gull, 3+ Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Linnet.
Noted were 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 16 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 4 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 15 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Buzzard.
Singing males 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 4 Whitethroat.
Initial scan of the eastern pool revealed 1, then 2, then 3 and finally 4 Black Tern. Further scanning revealed 4 Common Tern. Having then finished the usual count Dave Waddington came on the CB radio to ask Seev and I to keep a lookout for a smallish falcon that was heading our way from Old Moor. 5 minutes later we located a female Red Footed Falcon which did a few passes over the eastern pond before flying back towards Old Moor where it was seen by some people in the Wath Ings Hide before being lost to view over the Field Pool. The airwaves were red hot when it was relocated with instructions to its location coming fast and furiously. During this period a Bittern flew over to the eastern pond from the the reed beds but we failed to hear the message of a Red Kite high over Bolton Tip. Our last view of the of the Red Footed Falcon was at 1.35pm when it flew directly over our heads and disappeared eastwards along the R.Dearne.
Also present were 2+7y Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 15 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 5 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 37 Coot, 350+ BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Jay and 1 Green Woodpecker.
What a days birdwatching. Nigel’s Super Sofa – The treat that keeps on giving.