This morning, during the Bird Count, two female Goosanders landed on the Deep Pit. Also recorded were a Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and a lone Golden Plover. There were plenty of winter thrushes about too, with high numbers especially of Redwings and Blackbirds. A short stretch of the Ouse Dyke held seven Little Egrets and a Kingfisher. PS.
This morning a Great White Egret flew over the site to the south and later returned. The Barnacle Goose was on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning two Ravens were seen over the pylons, but were chased off by a Peregrine. The goose flock contained 5 Whooper Swans, 9 White-fronted Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose (briefly joined by 7 more) and an Egyptian Goose. A flock of 33 Pink-footed Geese also flew over to the west. An Oystercatcher was seen over the Deep Pit and a male Blackcap was at the end of the Lower Path, near the gates. PS.
The five Whooper Swans were seen again this evening as they came in to the Large Gravel Pit with thousands of geese. JMD.
This morning two adult and three juvenile Whooper Swans were on the Severn/Trent field, gleaning spilt sweet-corn. There was also a Dunlin and a female Pintail on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
The Starling murmuration tonight reached approximately 10,000 birds and their aerial manoeuvres were quite spectacular. JDn.
The Starling murmuration this evening was at least 6,000 strong and beautiful against the evening sky. JMD
This morning two Peregrines were on the new pylon and a Redpoll flew over the site. PS
In the evening about 4,000 Starlings came in to roost. RW.
This evening 3,500 Starlings came into the Slurry Lagoon reed bed to roost. One Peregrine was also seen. RW.
A small flock of about twelve Tree Sparrows was spotted in a Severn/Trent hedgerow this afternoon. JMD.