Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Location: Brierfield, Nelson, Lancashire
|Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:12 pm Post subject: Pugneys and Calder Wetlands Midweek Visit 22nd January 2014
|After all the perverse weather recently not sure what we had done to deserve a day such as we enjoyed. Six members made the morning visit and two of us enjoyed a stroll round the wetlands in the afternoon It stayed dry, apart from short spell when we were having lunch in the car.
Pugneys offered up a fair range of wildfowl including some glowing goldeneyes and not a few lapwings.
One of the afternoon highlights has to be the sudden appearance on the water of large groups of Wigeon. I counted eighty plus in one group and there may have been twice that number. We thought they had been disturbed from their grazing by some of the many dogs running uncontrolled by their owners. A pair of Goosanders were clearly seen. Waders were scarce but apart from Lapwing eventually we did manage to see on the wetlands a group of five redshanks.
We had seen Greater Crested Grebes in the morning but on the wetlands lake we were treated to a pair diving together, to surface ,the male with a gift offering of weed, and then coming together to display beautifully. Oddly they did not seem to be in full breeding plumage.
My list totalled thirty seven seen plus Wren and Willow tit heard but the group list had others including chiff chaff.
Black headed gull, Backbird, Blue tit, Canada Goose, Collared Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Feral pigeon, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Great tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser black backed gull, Long tailed tit, Mistle thrush, Magpie, Mallard, Mistlethrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Red wing, Redshank, Robin, Rook, Songthrush, Teal, Tufted duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon
You can always tell a Yorkshireman, but not much