Pocklington Canal walk 3rd Aug
Ten of us gathered at Hagg Bridge and walked south along the Pocklington Canal in the direction of Storwood. The weather was kind to us and we had some pleasant evening sunshine, though the breeze was probably responsible for the limited numbers of dragonflies. The highlight was definitely a Hobby which fortunately performed well, albeit rather briefly, and allowed us to admire its speed and grace. Other birds of prey were pretty good with two each of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, and a minimum of 5 Buzzards. Indeed the begging calls of a young Buzzard were the backdrop for much of the evening. Other breeding evidence came from two part grown and still rather fluffy Tufted Ducks on the canal.
The only wader of the evening was a Green Sandpiper and one lucky person saw a Kingfisher. Despite lots of scanning we weren’t able to add Swift to our list of 39 species. For those who are interested all the species are listed below.