This morning there were flocks of birds going in all directions as they left their roosts and set off to find some breakfast, mostly thrushes, finches, crows, gulls, ducks and geese. Late morning a Short-eared Owl was found roosting in a bush near the Gravel Pits. PS.
This morning there were, as usual, good numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese and Mallards on the Slurry Lagoon, which went off to feed fairly early on. The hedgerows were full of thrushes, mostly Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares. A flock of about three hundred Lapwings flew over with a flock of about fifty Golden Plovers, probably the ones from Holme Pierrepont. There were two Snipe on the Slurry Lagoon, an Egyptian Goose flew over and six Goldeneye were on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning there were a fair number of gulls resting on the frozen surface of the Slurry Lagoon. Also a Peregrine was seen making half-hearted attacks on a Black-headed Gull and a Mallard.
This morning, during the Bird Count, two female Goosanders landed on the Deep Pit. Also recorded were a Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and a lone Golden Plover. There were plenty of winter thrushes about too, with high numbers especially of Redwings and Blackbirds. A short stretch of the Ouse Dyke held seven Little Egrets and a Kingfisher. PS.
This morning a Great White Egret flew over the site to the south and later returned. The Barnacle Goose was on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning two Ravens were seen over the pylons, but were chased off by a Peregrine. The goose flock contained 5 Whooper Swans, 9 White-fronted Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose (briefly joined by 7 more) and an Egyptian Goose. A flock of 33 Pink-footed Geese also flew over to the west. An Oystercatcher was seen over the Deep Pit and a male Blackcap was at the end of the Lower Path, near the gates. PS.
The five Whooper Swans were seen again this evening as they came in to the Large Gravel Pit with thousands of geese. JMD.
This morning two adult and three juvenile Whooper Swans were on the Severn/Trent field, gleaning spilt sweet-corn. There was also a Dunlin and a female Pintail on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
The Starling murmuration tonight reached approximately 10,000 birds and their aerial manoeuvres were quite spectacular. JDn.
The Starling murmuration this evening was at least 6,000 strong and beautiful against theevening sky. JMD