Sorry I’ve not updated for a while, I’ve not had chance to get out birding for a couple of weeks, but more than made up for it with a trip to a few sites in the Wakefield area.
The first stop was Pugney’s Country Park, where the two recently reported targets were picked up, firstly a very brief view of the Cetti’s warbler that is lurking there, which gave a characteristically unshowy view as it shot under the reeds and called a few times. Not amazing views, but good to see one, albeit fleetingly.
Secondly we found the ferruginous duck from the hide, which despite being reported close to the hide was out in the middle of the nature reserve lake and very hard to pinpoint.
A trip to nearby Angler’s Country Park was next, where from the hide we picked up a bird I was hoping to finally catch up to today, with four female scaup milling about the opposite bank. Other ducks around included shoveler, teal, goosander and some gorgeous goldeneye.
A walk further on turned up a fairly large flock of lesser redpoll, and great views of our other target great northern diver, which we watched and photographed for ages, and more than made up for the distant silhouette we got at Carsington last month.
A quick peek at Wintersett Res turned up the female red-breasted merganser that’s lingering there, but sadly no sign of Wintersett’s own Cetti’s.
At the end of the day we had a quick look at Pugney’s again. Sadly the Cetti’s wasn’t playing at all this time, but the ferruginous duck was being a lot more showy, at first asleep in front of the hide before going for a bit of wander.
Some excellent winter migrants seen today in one of the most landlocked of counties! I’ve also reached my desired landmark of getting past 200 species in a year. I’m sure you’re all thrilled to know that!