Trip reports

Blacktoft Sands & North Cave - 15/09/12

Reed warbler singing in reedbed
RSPB images

Saturday, 15 September 2012

As we left Birch services to head over the Pennines, the weather was looking ominous but we needn't have worried - by the time we arrived at RSPB Blacktoft Sands, we had blue skies & sunshine.

The birds didn't disappoint either! We had excellent prolonged views of a water rail with its juvenile and also 8 bearded tits feeding on the mud at the bottom of the reeds. There was a good variety of waders to be seen including green sandpiper, spotted redshank, greenshank, & ruff. A few warblers were still present - reed & sedge as well as a lone whitethroat. Winter ducks were in evidence with teal & wigeon both seen. The highlight was probably a field full of yellow wagtails - there must have been at least 80.

After lunch in the picnic area, we moved onto North Cave Wetlands, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve on the other side of the estuary. This is a lovely reserve which is in the process of being expanded. The reserve was a little quiet but we still picked up little grebe, pochard, shoveler, tufted duck & snipe on the main pool. Also seen around the reserve were sparrowhawk, red-legged partridge, sand & house martins, linnet & long-tailed tit.