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December 2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Tree sparrow on twig

Fairburn Ings

Whilst the trip across to Fairburn Ings was mercifully uneventful, our time there was not. We almost immediately came across handsome Tree Sparrow, a lovely male Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Long Tailed Tit at the feeders close to the reserve centre. The friendly staff in the centre welcomed us and provided an update on the reserve. This was interrupted by a Mute Swan crashing into the roof , the result of not getting enough height on take off from the lake due to the high wind ! Fortunately, the swan was rescued and returned to an area of water, none the worse for its rather unfortunate flying accident. Our morning stroll provided superb views of a Kingfisher and pair of Goosander feeding in a small river running through the reserve. The large lakes, with very high water levels due to all the rain, were full of Teal, Shoveller, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Great crested and Little Grebe plus the ever present Goosander. Due to the high winds few small birds were seen but we did catch up with a lovely Treecreeper, which provided some extremely close views, on trees just off the path. A return to the centre for lunch and a hot drink provided us all with a respite from the cold wind. Here, those fortunate to be eating outside, caught a glimpse of a Willow Tit and heard a Green Woodpecker. Back out after lunch, we wandered round the 'new' path on the reserve finding a Whooper Swan (superbly located amongst a flock of Mute Swan by Alan), a Cattle Egret and a Great White Egret. A few Redwing and Fieldfare could be seen flying over or resting in the trees but the only birds of prey seen were a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk (........ although some of the group did see a Red Kite on the road into the reserve). Once again this reserve proved a winner and we will, no doubt, be returning in the near future