This afternoon in the welcome sunlight particularly good views of a Bittern were obtained as it flew to and fro across the Deep Pit and then walked out in the open at the edge of the reeds on the south side. A Little Egret was then spotted on the side of the track beyond the Fat Hen Field and when disturbed it flew just on to the site at the eastern corner. AE & RW.
Also seen was an over-wintering Chiffchaff along the Ouse Dyke. JMD.
This morning the Tawny Owl on the bank of the Deep Pit was showing very clearly owing to the loss of leaves from the tree. Meanwhile two Cetti’s Warblers were singing on either side of the Causeway and four small Brown Rats were feeding on the table near the railway,while being serenaded by a Song Thrush. AE.
On the causeway this morning a Bittern flew overhead from the Deep Pit and landed in the reed bed near the eastern corner of the Slurry Lagoon. AE.
This morning three Cetti’s Warblers were heard, two singing and one calling. A Kingfisher was seen in the Ouse Dyke.AE.
This morning a Peregrine flew over carrying a pigeon, while on the river bank a good view of a Stoat was obtained which was being shadowed by a small flock of Song Thrushes and several Magpies. Later a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were seen, and also 10 Golden Plover were on the slurry. AE
A Black-tailed Godwit was again present on the slurry lagoon this morning together with a Pintail and six Snipe. AE.
Two Hobbies were present in the morning, as well as a Water Rail and up to three Cetti’s Warblers. PS.
Three Greenshank seen on the Slurry Lagoon late afternoon. RW.
A Hobby caused alarm amongst the swallows near the river bridge this morning, while in the deep water pit four Common Terns were mobbing a cormorant which was drying its wings on one of the platforms.
Rob Woodward found a Roesel’s Bush Cricket in E2, near the top of the steps, today. This is a local species, with a generally southern distribution. Also seen was a Water Rail on the Slurry Lagoon.
More information on the Roesel’s Bush Cricket here or here.
A Peregrine falcon again upset Lapwings and Gulls on the slurry this morning. After a couple of flights around it flew away in the direction of Stoke Bardolph.