This morning we were treated to a pair of Little Owls perched on the fence near the visitors centre along Newton Lane. This appears to be a favourite spot for the Owls with weekly sightings being reported. From Pick Up hide a Hobby was spotted as well as a Common Sandpiper. Down at Lin Dike hide today there are Redshank feeding along the waters edge, Lapwing and juvenile Lapwing, a Little Ringed Plover and the rest of the usual suspects. From the Cut hide you can see Gadwall, Pochard, Great Crested Grebes, Shovlers, Tufted ducks and more.
The end of last week and the beginning of this saw a visit from a Spotted Flycatcher. Sightings of this gorgeous bird are far and few between at Fairburn Ings and it is always a welcomed visitor. It was seen near the centre on two occasions and the third was from the kingfisher screen where I was able to see it perform its hunting technique of flying from a favourite perch, catching a fly and then returning to the same spot... Magic!
On Monday and Tuesday, a quail has heard calling down near Lin dike hide and the surrounding flashes. This is particularly exciting as there hasn't been a recorded sighting of this bird for a while.
Lots more sightings of a male Marsh Harrier have been reported which is great news. Still no sign of a female unfortunately but we are keeping our fingers crossed. In the last week 4 out of the 7 days there has been sightings of a male, which can usually be seen from Pick Up hide.
Today and yesterday were good days for seeing Kingfishers fishing from Pick Up hide. Also the is a Lapwing family with 2 remaining chicks (started with 4 but a sparrowhawk made off with them) and a redshank has seen.
Gary was in the right place at the right time a couple of weeks ago when he was able to take the once in a lifetime shot of the 11 Long-tailed Tit chicks waiting in line for their lunch! Since that day, the newspapers have gone crazy over the image and it featured in 6 national newspapers and on lots of different websites, and we’re still getting daily requests for copies of the image!! If you haven’t seen the image yet then take a look at it on our facebook page or in the images on the RSPB website!