American Wigeon and Jack Snipe

Friday the 11th we had a quick trip out to Anglers Country Park to find the American Wigeon, a species of duck I hadn’t seen since 1986 at Blacktoft Sands, it was a pleasure to see this species again. The bird, a fine Drake, was found on the reservoir next to Anglers CP called Wintersett [Location] and was giving splendid views along with many other species of wildfowl, Eurasian Wigeon, Pochard, Goldeneye, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Coot, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, and at one point a fly past Kingfisher. With good views had we moved onto Anglers itself to see Pied Wagtail, Tree Sparrow, Willow Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Chaffinch, well worth the morning trip out.

Saturday we had a trip to Potteric Carr a quieter day out in birds seen but my second Jack Snipe of the year at the first hide we went into, Decoy Hide, was a welcome sight, Common Darters were on the wing on this mild November day in front of the hide along with Cormorants, Gadwall, Teal, Shovelers, Black Headed Gulls, Mute Swans and Grey Heron alas no Bittern. Willow Pool hide is where we stopped next and coming into the feeders were Blue, Great, Coal and Willow Tit, Reed Buntings, Robin, Chaffinch and around the feeders Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Jay, Moorhens, and Pheasants. We ended the day at Huxter Wells Hide to find a cracking Male Pintail along with many a Lapwing and Golden Plover

Also at Potteric Carr there were many a Fungi species about including (the ones I could ID), Fly Agaric, Jews Ears, Common Inkcap, Blushing Bracket and Shaggy Inkcap

Weekend List :- Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Jack Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Crow, Goldcrest,Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting

Shaggy Ink Cap

Shaggy Ink Cap

Blushing Bracket

Blushing Bracket

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