Trip reports

Fairburn Ings

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground
Green Woodpecker - RSPB Images

Saturday, 10 March 2018

We arrived at Fairburn village during heavy drizzle. We walked along the causeway to the river and back, with viewings of little grebe, great crested grebe, cormorant, mute swan, teal, mallard, shoveler, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, coot, moorhen, black headed gull, common gull, lesser black backed gull, and herring gull. Stock doves and woodpigeon flew over.

We then drove to the visitors centre and walked around the pools in the old coal spoil heaps.

On the feeders at the visitor's centre were willow tit, long tailed tit, goldfinch, greenfinch and tree sparrow. Around the water behind the centre were pied wagtail, little egret, grey heron, greylag goose, Canada goose, snipe, oystercatcher, treecreeper, goldcrest, and other common woodland birds. On the spoil heaps a pair of green woodpecker were watched for a while. Also present were buzzard, pheasant, oystercatcher, lapwing.

We hoped for a bittern on the pool on the black hills, but had to make do with fleeting glimpses of bearded tits, and a few reed buntings.

8 attended, 52 species seen.