Whimbrel roost trip 24 April

There was a good turn out for our walk at Wheldrake Ings yesterday, on what proved to be a very chilly and windy evening.

We met at Bank Island where a Green Sandpiper was on view on the scrape below, before heading down the riverside path to Wheldrake Ings.

Three Garganey were feeding distantly on Swantail Ings and most people managed a glimpse through one of the scopes. There were plenty of Teal still present too, lots of Shovelers and a solitary drake Pintail.

On to Swantail Hide, we enjoyed the songs of Blackcaps, Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers before seeking shelter. 

A female Marsh Harrier performed well and a Sparrowhawk perched for a while in full view, while a couple of Persil-white Little Egrets stalked the grass.

The group split with Duncan taking one half back to Tower Hide and Jono remaining at Swantail. Frustratingly, only one Whimbrel was seen, which dropped in to the long grass in front of Tower.

Close to Tower Hide, a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling, but failed to show in the windy conditions.

As dusk closed around us we headed back, with a lucky few seeing a Barn Owl near the car park.

It had been an enjoyable walk on this super reserve that we’re so lucky to have so close, but sadly the Whimbrel didn’t perform. Maybe better luck next time!

Best wishes