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I walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks yesterday and despite it being very windy there were some excellent birds along the way to keep me going - highlights around Whernside were Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher [fly catching from a tree appropriately], Redstart, Willow Warblers all along the railway line. Around the route were plenty of Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Curlew, Swallows, House Martins and some Lapwing.

A Kestrel was the only raptor of the day but I was surprised by the numbers of roving Herring Gulls. Had a quick look for Dotterel on the peaks but it was very windy on the top so if there were any I guess they'd have been on the lee of the hills. Almost makes me wish I'd carried bins or a camera!

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Got cracking views of the drake American Wigeon yesterday, but on Anglers CP Main Lake rather than Wintersett Reservoir. It was feeding on the banks and allowed pretty close approach by stalking slowly & keeping low giving fantastic photo opportunities. The Greenland White-fronted Goose was also showing very well on Main Lake where huge numbers of wildfowl took advantage of some open water (not iced up) including Goosander, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard and Tufted Duck, to name just a few!

Over on Wintersett Reservoir we soon located the drake Smew and the Black-necked Grebe, both distant in small non-iced patches of water. Nearby a Willow Tit, a Yellowhammer and more than 30 tree Sparrows showed well in the sunshine.

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Late report from yesterday (29/01)

Spent an enjoyable morning at Wintersett Reservoir near Wakefield, tracking down the long-staying American Wigeon.
Typically it spent most of it's time skulking around the only part of the reservoir that is off-limits and gave only fleeting views. Thankfully, after a couple of hours it moved onot open water with the rest of the Wigeon flock, where we were able to get a much better look at it .

We also had cracking views of a drake Smew (apparently there were 2 on the reserve) and a Black-Necked Grebe.
Huge numbers of wildfowl on the water-
Gossander
Goldeneye
Pochard
Wigeon
Teal
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Pink-Footed, Greylag and Canada Geese

Also had good numbers of smaller birds, with-
Siskin
Redpoll
Linnet
Goldfinch
Redwing & Fieldfare

We then pushed on to try and find Bean Geese, White Stork and Snow Buntings at various sites around Flamborough, but drew a blank on each occassion.

Large numbers of Sanderling on the beach at Fraisthorpe were a nice sight at the end of a very pleasant, but cold day.


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Spent Wed 28-Dec up at Ingleton Falls
http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/

My  search for Dippers this year in Gloucestershire and Gtr Manchester has been unsuccessful and so I decided to visit this place as my brother and his wife recommended it following several visits when they had almost always seen the birds.

Unfortunately my run of bad luck continued and despite the weather not being too bad in the circumstances, the high winds and the fact that both of the streams were very full and fast flowing combined to thwart my search, once again.  Enroute the fields were full of crows, Jackdaws and Black-headed Gulls, with only a single Kestrel and Buzzard seen. At Ingleton Falls itself, the feeders in the carpark ensured that the were plenty of Tits, Chaffinches and Nuthatch around, but hardly anything other than a few corvids were seen during the course of the 4.5 mile walk. 

I must say that the location and the Falls themselves are delightful and well worth visiting. Its not too strenuous a walk either.

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You must have been looking at the other one

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Mike Chorley wrote:

and a Tundra Bean Goose with 3 Pinkfeet at Lebberston.

Trip Total 66 Species





Well me and Rayner saw a Taiga

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Male Desert Wheatear showed well, if distant (vertically) on and around the Gannet nests on the stack below Staple Newk at Bempton this a.m.

Best of the rest of a tour of N.E. Yorkshire with Messrs Rigby & Rayner were 3 Red-throated Divers close in at Filey Brig (with at least as many Harbour Porpoise showing well), a distant couple of Whooper Swans at Filey Dams and a Tundra Bean Goose with 3 Pinkfeet at Lebberston.

Trip Total 66 Species

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Driving up the A1 today just north of wetherby 2 Red Kites seen low over the road, excellent views. Also some big flocks of starlings and lapwings near Leeming.

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around 50 Pied Wagtails near York Railway station on Sat 22nd Oct - off to roost, I'd guess

On the way up the M1/A1 from London I was expecting the no. of Buzzards seen to exceed the Kestrels, but in fact the Kestrels won 6 - 2! Didn't see much else of interest though, mind you. :(

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biggrin.gif2 red kites near Bridlington yesterday

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