Ringing was poor this morning for Pete Smith and Jonathan Holliday so they packed up early and headed to the car park, On the way back they picked up a Tweet from John Wozencroft alerting birders that John O'Malley had reported an immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew north west from Stainton Quarry near Doncaster at 10.40hrs.
Pete and Jonathan calculated that Wintersett is NW from Stainton so maybe they would be in with a chance of a fly through. They put on a pace to get to Vis. Mig. Hill at Anglers CP. When they too far away!
Within a few minutes Jonathan had picked up a huge bird flying west over Haw Park Wood. Pete got on it quickly and together they confirmed it was the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE. They observed it for 5 minutes as it headed west towards the moors.
WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is a new, and dreamed of, bird for the Wintersett List.
Many thanks to John Wozencroft for putting the news out. Huge congratulations to the finders.
Other sightings today (from the dippers, through gritted teeth for a short time) although the day was still very good, with a further 3 new birds for the year list.
Anglers CP: Avocet 1 in shallows + 3 south west 11.30hrs. Shelduck 2 flew north. Long-tailed Duck 1 immature male. Goldeneye 1 imm. male + 1 female. Wigeon 1 male + 1 female. Common Tern 5 + 2 north. Common Sandpiper 2. Psycho the adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 12.15hrs.
Anglers CP afternoon Vis. Mig: Little Ringed Plover 2. Dunlin 1. Sanderling 1. Arctic Tern 1. Goosander 1 drake south. Peregrine 1 over. Whimbrel 2 north.
Cold Hiendley Res: Mallard 5 very small young - first young of the year.