Mild, bright, still. Perfect for a walk down to the reedbeds where – well, you never know your luck do you?

Here’s the summary…

While many tried their luck with the beardies, there was another turn up and not that far away. Over at The Garganey Trust’s, Broomhill Flash (a short walk down the Trans Pennine Trail) four Egyptian goose were spotted.

Now we have had multiple Egyptian geese in the Dearne Valley before, but four? Not sure.

Just goes to show, you never quite know what will turn up on a sunny Sunday.

An Egyptian goose in flight from Paul Paddock in 2015! Thanks Paul.

Meanwhile, at Adwick Washland, Nigel Smith reported: three grey heron, two little egret, three mute swan, 145 greylag geese, four Canada goose, six pink-footed goose, one bean goose, fifteen mallard, four shoveler, around 300 wigeon, about 200 teal, fifteen gadwall, around 300 lapwing, one snipe, one golden plover, fifteen grey partridge and a buzzard.

Oh, and one sparrowhawk, a kingfisher, 300 or so fieldfare and about 150 redwing! Thanks Nigel.

Lesser black-backed gull providing a close-up on the Mere today. Stunning eyes!

And what about those tracking down bearded tits? The news from Old Moor’s Reedbed Trail today was of a group of six beardies that spent the early part of the morning near the Reedbed Screen. Later this afternoon, a group was picked up to the right of the path that runs between the Bittern Bus Stop and the Screen, about half-way along.

Though some way into the reeds today, if you steadied those bins and focused through the reed stems, the views were well worth it!

Until next time.

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