Whilst taking the train between York and Seamer yesterday, I noticed what I thought were two cranes in one of the fields on the farm. So, on arrival in Seamer I headed down to the farm and was delighted to find some passage waders on the ever-shrinking pools by the Cut Bridge. Two Wood Sandpipers, a Ruff and five Snipe were present and demonstration once again that these muddy pools are a valuable habitat for passing migrant wading birds. If only there was more such habitat in the area...
A Ruff feeds on the pools on North Screed.
A Wood Sandpiper on North Screed.
Walking out to the western boundary of the farm I soon located the two Cranes that I had seen from the train. Fantastic! I am sure that these must be the same two birds that visited the farm in early July, so it would be fascinating to know where they have spent the past few weeks. They flew off towards Haybridge Farm, so maybe they have been lurking in the fields somewhere in less accessible parts of The Carrs.
Other notable birds on the farm during this visit included a calling Quail, a recently fledged juvenile Curlew which was doubtless locally raised, a Teal, a Little Egret and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls which are another recent addition to the farm bird list.