Barn Owl
Blackbird
Blackcap
Black-headed Gull
Black Redstart
Blue Tit
Brambling
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Coot
Crested Tit
Crossbill
Cuckoo
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Fieldfare
Garden Warbler
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Goshawk
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Grey Partridge
Grey Wagtail
Hawfinch
Herring Gull
Hoopoe
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Whitethroat
Linnet
Little Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Tit
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Nightingale
Nuthatch
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Quail
Raven
Red Kite
Red-legged Partridge
Redpoll
Redstart
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Ring-necked Parakeet
Robin
Rook
Sand Martin
Serin
Short-eared Owl
Siskin
Skylark
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Tawny Owl
Treecreeper
Tree Sparrow
Turtle Dove
Waxwing
Whinchat
Whitethroat
Willow Tit
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Yellow Wagtail
Yellowhammer

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RSPB Fairburn Ings

RSPB Fairburn Ings are wetlands that have been created among coal spoil heaps from the days when coal was mined in the area. The reserve is near Leeds, West Yorkshire, and just off the A1(M) motorway.

The shallow pools are surrounded by shrubs and trees, but vegetation is only slowly spreading over the barren spoil heaps.

I've visited the reserve mostly in the winter and a few times in the spring, but these are probably the best times to visit. In the winter, it is home to a large number of wildfowl, including Whooper Swans and occasionally rarer species like Smew. Springtime and the autumn are the best times to see migratory species.

Some of the best sightings of Kingfisher and Green Woodpecker have been at this reserve.

There are about half a dozen hides overlooking the pools but only one of these is accessible to wheelchairs.

Below is a list of species I have observed on different visits.

What You Might See
Bar-headed Goose
Barnacle Goose
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Brambling
Bullfinch
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Common Snipe
Coot
Cormorant
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Gadwall
Goldcrest
Golden Plover
Goldeneye
Goldfinch
Goosander 
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Green Woodpecker
Greenfinch
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Herring Gull
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail 
Pochard
Redpoll
Redshank
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Robin
Ruddy Duck
Sand Martin
Shelduck
Shoveler
Siskin
Skylark
Smew
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Stock Dove
Teal
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Tufted Duck
Wigeon
Willow Tit
Wood Pigeon
Wren 


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
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