Sunday, 26 September 2010

Fairburn Ings

An afternoon at Fairburn yesterday proved to be quite a rewarding day bird wise and the little one enjoyed herself too, which is always good. The RSPB website now have a woodland bingo game that can be printed off for the reserve, which was a good way of making it more interesting, she was ticking things off pretty quick and used the back of it to draw birds on in the hide!

We walked down to the Lin Dyke hide first seeing Long Tailed Tits on the way. From the hide we saw Wigeon, Teal, my first ever Shovelers, Cormorants, Lapwing, a lone Mallard and a herd of the cattle that roam the fields there.

Onto the reserve by the visitor centre where we saw our first Tree Sparrows of the day. From the Pick up hide there was a lot of activity round the feeders from Goldfinch, Pheasants, Chaffinch, Great and Blue Tits. On the water we could see Moorhens, Mallards and overhead Kestrels.

The feeding station had all the usual birds plus Greenfinch with Mallards and a Moorhen picking up the dropped seed.

We ended up walking the entire lake and back along the road to the visitor centre. From the cut hide we saw Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Lapwings, Shovelers, Wren and two new birds Gadwall and a Stock Dove.

Through the afternoon we also saw Mute Swans, Greylag and Canada Geese, Shelduck, Herons and plenty of Crows and Black Headed Gulls. There was a great abundance of fungus too, which i'll post separately as we saw so much.


  1. Sounds like you're little one is following your footsteps Pam. Looks like a great day out. Linda

  2. Hi Linda, I hope so, it's not easy to keep a nearly 5 yr old focused on one thing for so long though, we have to think of distractions once she has looked out for a few mintues!