Nothing on bird alert to entice me to travel far, although if the purple heron had been reported earlier I would have gone to Top Hill Low. So I went to the post office and posted all the RSPB York Local Group newsletters.
I came home and made myself a lunch and decided to go to Fairburn Ings. The road near Lindyke is still partly flooded. As I walked down the path from the car park towards the hide I could hear willow warblers and chiffchaff singing but did not manage to see one.
I joined three birders in the hide, who were busy eating their lunch so I decided to eat mine. The birders said that it was quiet and not much to see. However they thought that the black headed gulls were terns!
In one of the fields were three egyptian geese, which they thought were greylags. The birds were a fair distance away so this picture is pretty poor.
Apair of coots were having a fight
The birders left and a great crested grebe came close looking for fish.
Another birder arrived and failed to close the door and shortly afterwards a gust of wind caught it and blew it shut and there was a loud bang which caused the grebe to swim away. I decided to go for a walk and as I left the hide I could hear a cuckoo and could see it some on some wires.
I then returned to my car and drove into Fairburn village where I parked my car and walked down the "cut". Lots of great crested grebes on the main lake and on my left I could see a mute swan and a pair of gadwall.
A good afternnons birding with 6 new birds to bring my year list to 136.
Early morning bird walks on Saturday and Sunday morning and then back to invigorating invigilating until the end of June, so probably not many new posts on the blog.