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Record numbers of Pied Wagtails on local Sewage Works

11/02/2015 14:39

Pied Wagtails are now numbering over 300 birds on the filter beds(just 2 beds) on the Sewage Works at Dewsbury.Slightly surprised myself I did 3 counts just to be sure and it came out at an average of 311.I dont recall ever seeing so many ground feeding Pied Wagtails before on this site.

Also on the same filter beds 5 Grey Wagtails and single Green Sandpiper as well as some 220/30 Black Headed Gulls.Also on the sewage works lagoons yesterday 4 Widgeon,180 Teal,8 Shoveller and 38 Mallard.

Water Rails where in 3 locations yesterday with 1 bird on Kerries reserve Ossett,1 feeding out in the open on the central laggons on the sewage works and another bird disturbed at the top end of the Reed Warbler colony bed straight after the metal fence or the Purple Heron bed as we now call it.

On the river Calder between Ossett and Dewsbury still 8 Goosander,10 Goldeneye,2 Little Grebes and 18 Cormorants.Nearby below Pildacre fields around the compost heaps still 2 Chiff Chaff and single Golcrest feeding usualy in company with the regular flock of Long Tailed Tits( around 10 birds usualy).

The feeders on Kerries again busy yesterday with 10 Robins,1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker.8 Goldfinch.4 Chaffinch,2 Bullfinch,3 Wrens,2 Bullfinch(male and female) 8 Blue Tits and 6 Great Tits.

Still no visits to the feeders by Willow or Coal Tits.