"All those lost-named meadows
Unkempt under summer plovers
Or pewtered by winter floods…"
A definite change in the weather this morning with snow lying on the ridge of Pen Hill and a scattering on the Hambletons. A sharp northerly wind too and it seemed to have shifted the birds. As I walked down Warlaby Lane six Wigeon flew over, the 110th species to have been spotted in the parish this year.
On the floods in the bottom fields there were another 13 Wigeon, 30 Curlew, two Snipe, Cormorant, around 40 Mallard and more surprisingly six Goldeneye. There have only been two previous sightings of Goldeneye in the parish and they were both of single birds so this has quadrupled the records!
I later walked over to scan the floodwater at Langlands but numbers were significantly down with only around 45 Curlew now, a single Greylag and a couple of hundred Black-headed Gull although the Teal flock was still present along with yet another (drake) Goldeneye.