Temp. 8°C (46°F)-5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Sun, Good, Sunset: 17:22 GMT.
It was an excellent day weather-wise and the birding wasn’t bad either, the “yank” was found as soon as I arrived at the 52 Pit gate, not a good view as it was drifting across the pond and nearing the far bank so I determined not to worry about it and keep going and confirm later if it was in fact a drake American Wigeon.
Over at Blotts not a lot going on, the area is a building site at the moment and by the looks of it, for some time to come, with fencing being installed, pathways being laid and the feature every reserve should have “The Wader Scrape” in Blotts case this should be a pretty addition to the site. As I say not a lot to see, a few Goldeneye, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon and a small flock of Lapwing already taking advantage of the wader scrape facility !
Dusk was fast approaching when I arrived back at the 52 Pit gate and I was thinking, I hadn’t seen a single Smew all day, no sweat, there were three right there in front of me, a drake and two redheads, plus the American Wigeon – job done! and there were still Little Egrets flying about all over the place!
Holme Pierrepont, 52 Pit: Drake American Wigeon [from the gate on the A 52] 3 Smew [1 drake, 2 red-heads] 44 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 38 Teal, 340 Wigeon, 28 Goldeneye,6 Great Created Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 4 Redshank, 2 Oyster Catcher, 8 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard. Blotts Pit. NR. 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 75 Lapwing.