Robert spotted a Snipe, later we found out five of them, amazingly well camouflaged on the short growing vegetation.
By Big Hole, we watch first three Buzzards soaring, and then a flock of Whooper Swans flying over. Andrew points to a female Stonechat feeding by the marginal reedbed.
We had lunch in the visitor centre, with busy bird feeders. After lunch we did the Discovery Trail. From Pickup Hide we watch the feeders, and also a Jay that goes back and forth across the pond. In the distance, a tree is heavy with Cormorants, some sitting on nests.
We then moved to Lin Dyke and walk to Spoonbill Flash. After a while, we managed to spot the Smew, a drake and two redheads. Quite long views, but exciting to see my first drake. There are three Little Egrets and a Grey Heron about.
Overall, a most pleasant walk for late February, gloves barely needed. The reserve is large and diverse in habitats, and we didn't even see it all in an all day trip, so I hope to return in the near future.
Pink-footed geese flying North
Buzzard soaring over Big Hole.
Female Stonechat by the reedbeds of Big Hole.
A male Reed Bunting by the feeders.
Cormorant Tree, some cormorants on nests.
Tree Sparrow by the feeders
Greenfinch by the feeders.
Little Egret, one of three around Spoonbill Flash.
Record shot of drake Smew, my first ever!
record shot of female Smew.
A Grey Heron near the hide at Spoonbill Flash.
Close encounter between Grey Heron and Little Egret. The Little Egret kept its distance.
RSPB Fairburn Ings website.
RSPB Fairburn Ings map.