One area in which I’ve been very fortunate throughout the past year is that my work means I get to drive out to green spaces when most people are locked down. It is a privilege that I’m very aware of. I hope posting on these trips isn’t annoying too many readers!
Yesterday I had to make a trip to North Cave Wetlands, an ever-developing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. In winter, these sites are dominated by the wintering wildfowl and waders.
It wasn’t the best of days with grey skies and constant rain. But the birds were still out there. The dominant bird, in numbers and noise, were the lapwings. Periodically they would spook, and take to the air, whirling and calling. But here they are calm.
There were smaller numbers of snipe, redshank, and godwit too.
As well as a few mallards, the main ducks were wigeon and teal. These are a common sight on wetlands at this time of year.
There is a picnic area, currently unused for obvious reasons, where many little birds are used to cleaning up. A robin soon spotted me and began eying me hopefully.
It was soon down next to me. Given I was there to do some filming, it may also have been after stardom!