This morning a Lesser Whitethroat was singing along the lower railwayside path while about six swallows were inspecting the ledges beneath the arches of the bridge. AE
This morning, in brilliant sunshine, it was great to see butterflies taking to the wing. These were seen quite early on:
Two Brimstone, two Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock. AE.
This afternoon a Wheatear was spotted at the north end of the slurry lagoon. Four Chiffchaffs were near the railway line and nearby in the deep pit. About twenty-five Shovelers were feeding on the slurry lagoon. AE.
This morning a Redshank was seen on the river bank and four Tree Sparrows with Linnets and Reed Buntings, on the north east bank of the Deep Water Pit. PS
In the afternoon a Cetti’s Warbler was heard calling in the Deep Pit and later a Bittern came in to roost in its usual spot.
In the Deep Water Pit in the late afternoon a first winter Iceland Gull was spotted. Also noted were seven Water Rail, three Snipe and one or two Cetti’s Warblers in the reeds on the Slurry Lagoon. At dusk a Tawny Owl flew across the reeds in the Deep Water Pit and landed in the willows on the south-east corner. Three Common Buzzards were also seen. RW
There were two Shelduck on the Slurry Lagoon this afternoon and a Bittern flew across the slurry from south-east to north-west being chased by some gulls.
Swimming up the river was what was possibly a White Fronted Goose.AE
Later a male Cettis Warbler was heard singing from the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS
A Bittern was seen again this morning flying across the Deep Water to land in the reeds near the northern corner. AE
Later in the afternoon two Shelduck were seen on the Slurry Lagoon. RW.
We’ve updated the ‘Star Species’ section of the site today, including the addition of the Plant Life.
BBC Local news today published a article about Bitterns at Attenborough Nature Reserve.