A Cuckoo was seen today flying along the Ouse Dyke. It was using the trees and bushes to look for insects and with good views it was seen to be a juvenile – it’s white nape patch clearly visible. JMD.
Late in the afternoon a Greenshank circled the Slurry Lagoon calling – it landed briefly only to take off again and have another fly around before heading off eastwards. A Green Sandpiper was on the edge of the Lapwings and a Little Egret was on the Wader Scrape. JMD.
This afternoon two lovely summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwits were on the Slurry Lagoon and one Little Egret was on the Wader Scrape. JMD.
There were three Red-crested Pochard, two males and a female, on the Slurry Lagoon this morning. Activity around the Common Tern colony is increasing as more chicks hatch with at least six pairs now with young. JMD.
A Dunlin was on the Wader Scrape mid afternoon and at least one Little Egret still present. JMD.
During a very late evening walk around the Lagoons a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling strongly in the south west corner of the Slurry Lagoon. JMD.
More evidence that migration is underway – an adult Kittiwake rested for about half an hour on the Deep Pit mid morning and earlier the first Common Tern of the year was on one of the Tern Platforms and a Common Sandpiper was feeding along the river bank. Warbler numbers are increasing with a number of Chiffchaffs singing around the Reserve and at least two Willow Warblers and a couple of Blackcaps were also seen. RW. JMD.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was with a cluster of Black-headed Gulls on the Deep Pit late evening before they all flew off in the direction of Hoveringham. JMD.
The Barn Owl was again hunting over the Large Gravel Pit area late afternoon. He extended his search to the area around the Wader Scrape and along the banks of the Ouse Dyke. JMD.
This afternoon a small flock of about 12 Waxwings were grabbing the last of the hawthorn berries in bushes along the Ouse Dyke. A Common Snipe flew out of the Dyke and one of the Chiffchaffs was feeding close to the water near Teal Close. JMD.