Tophill Low – 24/01/2019

Arrived around 11:00am with mainly sunny conditions for the rest of the day, most of the marshes frozen over. A light westerly breeze blowing with temperatures reaching around three degress C.

A great visit to this Yorkshire Water Nature Reserve with two main highlights. The Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena which had been present for several days was still residing on ‘O’ Reservoir, whilst a juvenile Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus was present late afternoon on ‘D’ Reservoir. Supporting cast included a Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti on North Marsh, with a Water Rail Rallus aquaticus putting in an apperance on South Marsh West.

Birds (52)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coal Tit – Periparus ater
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Glaucous Gull – Larus hyperboreus
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
Great Tit – Parus major
Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-necked Grebe – Podiceps grisegena
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Water Rail – Rallus aquaticus
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes


Mammals (2)

Grey Squirrel – Sciurus carolinensis
Roe Deer – Capreolus capreolus