John Hamilton Tweeted his sighting of a rare visitor to the district that he stumbled upon in Ossett – a black redstart! The bird has been seen in North Ossett churchyard and may have been around some time as there has been an influx of these beautiful little chats into the country in recent weeks. Eddie Andrassy has been up there and saw it the next day on Saturday 7th January. So, if you are that way out, it might be well worth a visit to the church to see if the rarity is still around. Do let us know if it is still there.
A few recent sightings include a red-necked grebe today on the Rover Calder by Chantry Chapel and a red admiral in my garden in Outwood on 20th October. From a few weeks ago, 51 curlew at Altofts on September 25th
With little auks being seen off the coast in good numbers over the last few days, it may not have been entirely unexpected that one would turn up inland but it was certainly a massive find for one birder at Anglers CP. Within minutes the grape vine was buzzing and the local birders were dreaming up all sorts of excuses to get out of work early to get this mega rarity on their list. It was the first record for Wintersett, though not the first for Wakefield. The bird seemed lively enough and was actively feeding for most of the afternoon but, as darkness fell and the wind became stronger, it was seen to crawl out onto the bank and huddle sown beneath a sedge tussock.
Eventually the bird was picked up and sheltered overinight before being released at Bridlington the next day where it was watched flying out to sea, Hopefully, it will have made a full recovery.