Monday, 4 February 2008

Water, Water Everywhere

Visited Wheldrake Ings YWT and Lower Derwent Valley today (English Nature).

Starting at Bank Island just south of the village of Wheldrake, nice views from the viewing platform in brilliant sunshine showing good numbers of Widgeon and Teal, Lapwings, Mallard and Curlew.

Could not reach the hides due to flooding.

Proceeded 400 yards up the road and turned into Weldrake Ings where the river was running at the top of its banks.

We walked down the side of the river but turned back before reaching the first hide due to the path being deep in water in places.

Moved on further down below North Duffield and had a nice half hour in the first hide the second was inaccessible due to flooding, the water looked to be half way up the hide.
Saw Coot, Cormorant, Widgeon, Lapwing, Dab Chick, Mallard. The bird feeding station to the side of the hide held Chaffinch, Yellow Hammer, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit and a lone Reed Bunting.

A Wren was on the waters edge but too flighty.
Fieldfare and Starlings in the adjacent field and a Heron nearby.
A very pleasant visit.

The pictures show the level of waters which might be a surprise to many in North Yorkshire, not long ago it would have been to me.

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