The Thursday and Friday sessions started earlier than the other classes this term. Both of them went to RSPB Blacktoft Sands. The Thursday 1m group encountered 37 species, whilst the Friday am group did even better - 41 species seen, and another two heard. I'm afraid I have no figures for either pm session. Many hides looked out onto a little water and vast areas of mud, but Marshland made up for it. We had close views of Ruff, Snipe with more distant views of Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, ordinary Redshank and Teal. The Friday group did see a huddled figure of a Curlew sandpiper. However, Wednesday stalwart came to Blacktoft under his own steam a day before we visited and managed some good views of this species, which has been elusive for many groups. - photos below. Other highlights included Thursday mornings Bearded Tits, which kept flying high before plunging down back into the reeds. Another star bird was an immature peregrine which powered through the reserve on Thursday morning.
Male Ruff (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Immature Ruff (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Curlew Sandpiper (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Size comparison Ruff v Dunlin
Dunlin (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Lapwing (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Lapwing, Redshank, Spotted Redshank
Marsh Harrier (c) 2018 Tony Robinson
Green Sandpiper (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Yellow Wagtail (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Pied Wagtail (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Meanwhile, in Ossett there were some fine opportunities, as you can see below.
Kingfisher (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Little Egret (c) 2018 Mike Woods
Mink (c) 2018 Mike Woods