September, 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

  • What a Week!

    What a week it has been for seeing the familiar and not so familiar around Fairburn Ings. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there were sightings of a Spotted Flycatcher camped out along Lin Dike path near the hide, although it's probably been blown away now after the day we're having today.

    There have been lots of reports of Blackwits, Ruff, Dunlin and Greenshank throughout the week which is great to hear. Lin Dike and Pickup are the best places on the reserve for observing these waders.

    Thursday there was a Wheatear seen in the field next to Spoonbill Flash and a Little Owl near the visitor centre in the back field as you walk to Pickup hide. A few Pink-Footed Geese are starting to appear now as they make there way south from places such as Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland.

    Around the visitor centre this week people have had the joy of seeing Buzzards, Kingfishers, Willow Tits and a Sparrowhawk.

    Take a trip to Cut hide today and you will find a Goosander roosting on the spit along with one or two Lapwings, as well as Shovelers, Teal, Gadwall and Tufted ducks out on the surrounding water.

  • Wader Madness

    As autumn starts to set in the weeks just keep getting better and better for viewing waders and other waterfowl around the reserve. The beginning of this week saw reports of a Golden Plover seen down on the Flashes, and the same day 4 Ruff and a Greenshank were spotted from Pickup hide as well as a Water Rail.

    A Water Rail was again seen from Pickup hide on Wednesday and sightings of a Common Sandpiper from Cut hide, Goldeneye from Village Bay hide and a Goosander flying West over the reserve all added to the mid-week richness.

    Thursday and Friday were the best days this week for watching waders and other exciting birds. More Greenshank have been observed feeding at Pickup and at Lin Dike. On Friday 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and a Snipe were all seen down on Spoonbill Flash. A Black-tailed Godwit was at Pickup on Friday and a group of Buzzards were reported soaring over the visitor centre.

  • OMG it's an Osprey

    Yesterday there was a report of an Osprey hunting over Spoonbill Flash. One lucky regular to the reserve actually witnessed an Osprey catch a fish from the flashes, which is something you don't see here every day! This is not the first report of Osprey around the reserve recently, with people catching sight of this truly awesome bird of prey last week, and over the weekend. All these sightings have happened down near the flashes and the Lin Dike part of the reserve. Ospreys will be making their way to their wintering grounds in Sub Saharan Africa and will make regular fuel stops along the way so watch out because they could end up in the unlikeliest of places.

    The beginning of this week has seen a variety of different visitors to the reserve including a male Stonechat along the riverside trail, two Wheatear's up on Main tips, a Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and a Marsh Harrier all seen from Pickup hide.

    Two Spotted Flycatchers were glimpsed down Cut lane on Wednesday, and an adult and juvenile Hobby were seen down Lin Dike hawking for dragonflies.

    It has also been a great week for spotting Snipe and Dunlin around the reserve, as well as Ringed Plover, Water Rail and the infamous Kingfisher.