This morning a Raven flew over the Slurry Lagoon, chased by some crows. A Bittern was in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed. It flew from near the bench to the reeds along the northern edge of the water. Later a Red Kite appeared over the Deep Pit sending the breeding terns into a frenzy. The terns quickly climbed right up to it and began to mob it, turning it in the direction of Colwick Park.
There were also plenty of dragonflies with four Broad-bodied Chasers, three Black-tailed Skimmers, four Emperors, three Southern Hawkers, ten Brown Hawkers, two Four-spotted Chasers and a Ruddy Darter. PS.
Today, at about 12.30, a Red Kite was seen flying over the reserve. TL.
Earlier a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling beside the Large Gravel Pit and some more Garden Warblers had arrived. On the Slurry Lagoon was a flock of 97 Tufted Duck, probably mostly passage birds. PS.
This morning, during the bird count, a Red Kite was seen. There was also a Jay and two Cuckoos. Eleven Garden Warblers and three Grasshopper Warblers were also heard. PS.
This morning, on the bird count, lots more warblers were in, with several Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Sedge Warblers singing and at least one Whitethroat. The Wheatears were still on the field beyond the Wader Scrape and Swallow and House Martins were seen. PS
In the afternoon a Red Kite was seen over the site. RW.
This morning a male Redstart was seen in the Plantation, near the Causeway end. A Sedge Warbler was singing down the bank and at least five Willow Warblers were singing around the site. Up to fifteen Chiffchaffs were singing and two Blackcaps, and a Swallow was with the Sand Martins by the railway bridge. At least two Wheatears were still on the ploughed field beyond the Wader Scrape and there was still one Goldeneye on the Large Gravel Pit. A Small Tortoiseshell and a Brimstone were seen in flight. PS.
There was also a report of a distant view of a Red Kite, towards Carlton.
This morning a Red Kite was seen flying east over the sub-station. There were three singing Chiffchaffs, and a Sand Martin by the railway bridge. PS.
Late this morning a Red Kite flew over the Slurry Lagoon. There was a Cuckoo on the posts around the Deep Pit and two or three Swifts were seen in the afternoon and a Little Ringed Plover was on the Wader Scrape. PS.
This afternoon a Red Kite called as it flew over the site. The Little Ringed Plover pairs have both got two chicks, one pair of chicks is already almost full grown. There are several tern chicks on the platforms and the Great Crested Grebes on the Slurry Lagoon have a chick. 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.
As the air warmed up and thermals began to form the raptors began to soar into the sky. By midday there were twelve Buzzards circling and then two Red Kites soared over the site. There were also two Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, and two Peregrines and a Rough-legged Buzzard that drifted off towards Gedling pit top. Eight Chiffchaffs were singing as well as a Blackcap and several Sand Martins passed through. PS.