Visit to Staveley YWT Nature Reserve  HG5 9LQ  14th November 2023

13 of us braved the wet weather sharing cars to visit Staveley YWT Nature Reserve near Boroughbridge on 14th November 2023. Walking through the woodland area we saw a Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Goldfinches, Robins, and Long-tailed Tits.

As we approached the West Lagoon large flocks of Redwings flew overhead, then large flocks of Snipe and Greylag Geese.

In the large Hide we sheltered from the rain, and through telescopes had great views of the Snipe as they landed in reeds at the edge of the lake. There were also Lapwing, Little Grebe and many ducks including Shoveler, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Teal, Tufted Duck and a Greater Scaup on the water.

A Bluetit was in the hide when we arrived, looking very hungry when it dropped from the rafters. It was gently lifted out and placed under a gorse bush, it soon flew off.

Retracing our steps towards East Lagoon the hawthorn bushes were full of berries, providing food and different habitats.

Beside each of the hides along this path are feeding stations for small birds. Below one a Wren and a Short tailed Vole were enjoying spilled seeds. A Water Rail was heard.

On posts in the lake several Cormorants were hanging their wings out to dry. Roe Deer were spotted on the far side of the lake. Some of us heard Cetti’s Warbler. A Red Kite flew past. No Bitterns this time but in total 46 species of birds were seen, including Grey Heron, Reed Bunting and Stonechat. Hopefully one day we’ll go back, and see an Otter if we’re lucky.