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Thursday, 20 November 2014

West Yorks

Day off today and I decided to have a potter around West Yorks, some Long Eared Owls have been discovered roosting in their usual spot at the far end of Lin Dyke, Fairburn Ings so I headed there first, three birds were on show but as to be expected they weren't doing much, there was also a Cetti’s Warbler singing nearby, several Goosanders flew over heading for the river and a good few Fieldfares and Redwings were at that end of the reserve, winter approaches, it was fairly quiet otherwise. Moved on to Swillington Ings in the afternoon, there was a good selection of Wildfowl etc but nothing out of the ordinary, highlights were a female Marsh Harrier hunting and a male Stonechat.
as per usual a bit hidden in the branches

but one was in a fairly open position

it even had a look around

a bit of action at the feeders

not the best Willow Tit I've ever seen but what a striking wing panel

Marsh Harrier at a murky Swillington Ings

a pair of Gadwall going for a stroll

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