Me and DF had a great day out at St Aidans and Fairburn Ings. Fisrt stop St Aidans for the Caspian Tern, a real cracker, showed well all afternoon, you can see a Garganey with it in one of the phone scoped shots I took. Also at this site Black Tern and lots of Common Terns including the above juvenile. Then on to Fairburn where the Cattle Egret showed much better than on Tuesday, good to compare with several Little Egrets.
Zipped over to Fairburn Ings for the Cattle Egret with Dave this evening. Very distant seen in flight 3 or 4 times. 5 Little Egrets showed much better. End of the evening and 3 Spoonbills circled the reserve before disappearing. On our way back in Castleford and a huge Tern flew over the car going west just after 9pm, had to be the Caspian Tern that had been seen at Swillington earlier and returned there at 9.15pm.
Me and Andy C had a trip out of Calderdale today to see the first summer Sabine's Gull at Nosterfield Quarry, and it didn't disappoint showing really well for the best part of an hour. Also lots of other decent birds present, Little Egret, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit etc.
Spent the last two days looking for the reported male Red Footed Falcon on our moors with no luck. We did however log Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Raven, Grasshopper Warbler, Stonechat, Dunlin + all the usual waders.
Took my brother and his wife to see some Leos tonight and they didn't disappoint, then moved on to where a Barn Owl had previously been reported, once again found the bird strait away, also had a Little Owl for good measure. Managed to get a few phone scoped images.
Had a trip over to St Aidans Swillington Ings with Roy and Jack, not much happening but managed to find a second summer Med Gull which was nice. All the other usual species present including 3 Little Egrets.