The Starling roost was up to about 12,000 this evening and they gave a very impressive murmuration. JMD.
This morning a male Stonechat was in the field by the sub-station. A Chiffchaff was seen along the Ouse Dyke and a Water Rail ran across it as well as at least two more were heard calling. JMD.
This morning a pair of Stonechats were present on the Wader Scrape. Several Water Rail were heard calling from various reed beds and good numbers of winter thrushes were about. PS.
A flock of about 65 Waxwings were on the site this afternoon, in the bushes along the Willow Walk. They then flew off over the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS, TK.
It was very cold this morning and the Little Egrets and Herons were back at the Ouse Dyke. There were eight Little Egrets seen eventually. On the river there was a splendid male Goosander with two equally splendid male Goldeneyes, and a Redshank was feeding in the cattle wade. On the inside bank of the Deep Pit a male Weasel was watched for about ten minutes, as it scampered up and down the slope trying to pick up a scent. PS.
An adult winter Mediterranean Gull was seen on the Large Gravel Pit this afternoon. RW.