August, 2010

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's
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Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

  • Looking good so far

    It has been an exciting start to the week so far with sightings of a Common Redstart seen near the visitor centre on Monday. These small thrushes are starting to head towards their wintering grounds in Africa and are now turning up in places away from there usual breeding grounds.

    There has also been a report of a whooper Swan seen down at the Lin Dike part of the reserve, as well as Little Egrets, Green Sandpipers, Dunlin, Greenshank and Snipe.

    Great Spotted Woodpeckers are regularly being viewed around the visitor centre with sightings of them on the feeders near the shop and as you walk around the boardwalks.

  • They're Starting to Move!

    Waders are being seen more and more frequently now at the reserve as the breeding season is coming to an end. A lot of birds are moving away from their breeding sites and starting to head to different feeding grounds in preparation for their winter migrations. Greenshank, Common and Green Sandpipers and Dunlin are regularly being spotted from various parts of the reserve. Pickup hide, Lin Dike and along the Flashes are all good vantage points for seeing waders and wildfowl. Snipe are also being spotted on a daily basis and you can't help but enjoy the loveable nature of these little dumpy waders.

    On Monday a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen in the North Flashes (I managed to flush it out as we were working) and flew off over towards Spoonbill Flash. Yesterday a Great Spotted Woodpecker was reported in the woods behind the Visitor Centre, and today our favourite, the Kingfisher, was seen at Pickup hide and from the Kingfisher viewing screen. From the Visitor Centre a few of the juvenile passerines can be seen feeding, there were young Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Willow Tit.

  • Out and about

    The start of this week has seen reports of visits from the loveable Little Egrets, as well as Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and Greenshank. Most of the sightings were made from either Lin Dike or Pickup hide, which are the best hides on the reserve to see waders. There are the usual suspects too, which include Little Ringed Plover, Common Terns, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and a few reports of Snipe. Snipe are regulars here to the reserve but are more often seen during the harsher winter months, when a lot of birds are venturing further out of cover in the search for food.