Saturday, 30 March 2019

Pugneys Park
Adrian Mosley

Pugneys Park

Six members met in overcast conditions, but very soon full sun was giving excellent viewing conditions for the array of ducks on the reserve. Chiffchaffs were in good voice and we had several bursts of Cetti's Warbler at the reed bed. Great Crested Grebes were pairing off and when we had a fly through of a dozen or so Sand Martins you could believe Spring was on its way. A female Smew however was the star bird, she had been in the area since November, either on the lake opposite Pugneys or over at Bretton Park, some local bird watchers told us. A report of a Little Gull at RSPB Fairburn Ings made us check the considerable number of Black Headed Gulls which were darting about over the water feasting on small flies. Alas, to no avail!

A great day out with about 40 species, thanks to Adrian and Lynda for the photography and Richard for leading the trip, which is one of our least visited areas. The good café and conveniences more than made up for the fact it was a Pay and Display Car Park!

Sue Coldwell