The Black Swan was with a herd of 38 Mute Swans feeding in the field across the river and upstream of the railway bridge. Several hundred Grey-lag and Canada Geese were also there. The Willow Tit was briefly heard and seen along the Lower Path, five Cetti’s Warblers were heard as well as four Water Rails. PS.
This morning, during the bird count, a Bittern was seen flying into the Deep Pit. Eight Egyptian Geese were seen flying over the Slurry Lagoon and small flocks of Siskins and Redpolls were seen. Up to four Cetti’s Warblers were heard singing and a Treecreeper was seen on the Lower Path. PS.
Happy New Year
This morning a drake Pintail touched down briefly on the Slurry Lagoon and the two Stonechats were together on the Wader Scrape. There were five Little Egrets and a herd of about forty Mute Swans across the river, upstream from the Railway Bridge, and a small flock of mixed Redwings and Song Thrushes on the Wader Scrape, with another four Song Thrushes singing around the reserve. Five Cetti’s Warblers were heard and eleven Golden-eye were on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning there were a male and a female Stonechat on the newly planted trees in front of the substation. Five Cetti’s Warblers were heard and a Willow Tit was seen on the Lower Path. PS.
A very cold day at the lagoons. The Teal on the Slurry Lagoon were all out, standing on the ice. They were joined briefly at midday by a pair of Shelduck. Three Cetti’s Warblers were heard as well as about seven Water Rail. PS.
This morning at about 09.30 a Red Kite flew low across the Slurry Lagoon. There are still 57 Mute Swans on the oil-seed rape and some Great Crested Grebes have arrived and are setting up territories. Three Cetti’s Warblers were heard singing in the Haven, Deep Pit and Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS.
This evening, as the geese, starlings and crows went to roost a Woodcock flew past in the Deep Pit. There were two Cetti’s Warblers singing and at least six Water Rail were calling. PS.
This evening there were at least four Cetti’s Warblers singing on the site and several Water Rail were calling from the reed beds. Two Tawny Owls flew over the reed bed in the Deep Pit and some Snipe were heard as they flew against the dark sky. PS.
A Bittern flew across the Slurry Lagoon early in the afternoon. Also present were two Pintail, twelve Snipe and two Cetti’s Warblers. RW.