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Wednesday 18th November 2015

November 18, 2015

ALDERFEN – 1a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 1 MERLIN, 4 Whooper Swan, also two probable CASPIAN GULLS amongst a pre-roost group of large Gulls along Idlebank though a little distant for definite id (JW). The Mediterranean Gull remained until at least 13:30 (CCR), 1500+ Pink-footed Geese passed over on way to roost on Wroot Acres, 2000+ Starling (CCR, JR)*

The adult Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gull in foreground at Alderfen today © John Wozencroft 2015

The adult Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gull in foreground at Alderfen today © John Wozencroft 2015

NE FIELDS (from Plains Lane) – 1200+ Golden Plover, 2 Kestrel, 1500+ Lapwing. Bill Bailey’s Fields – 2 Buzzard, 11 Snipe flushed from western field, 7 Redwing (CCR)*

NW FIELDS – 200+ Golden Plover were in ploughed field opposite Briar Hills Farm at dusk, possibly different from those in NE Fields (CCR)*

MOORBANK TRIANGLE – 2 Woodcock flushed (BPW, SH)*

DRAGON PITS3pm until darkShoveler, Mallard, Mandarin, Teal, Tufted duck, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail (to right of hide near water’s edge, appeared at dusk) Mute Swan, LBB Gull, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Crow, Magpie, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Woodpigeon, Robin, Linnet, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit (AB and AwB)*

* = added to Birdtrack

Helen Kirk has drawn my attention to the threats posed by the government’s attack on the Freedom of Information Act. Helen has written on the subject on the Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum site which can be accessed by clicking HERE

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