This morning, on the flooded land beside the Ouse Dyke, a Green Sandpiper and a Mistle Thrush were seen, also a Kingfisher on the Ouse Dyke. A Raven flew over the site, calling, and two Chiffchaffs were heard calling. SC/PG
This morning the three water bodies were all mostly frozen over. There were a lot of gulls resting on the ice, including Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring, Common and Black-headed. Amongst one group of Black-headed Gulls on the Deep Pit was a Yellow-legged Gull. Also a pair of Black Swans have arrived from somewhere and are on the Deep Pit. At the dry end of the Slurry Lagoon a flock of about thirty Lesser Redpolls were feeding in the Birch trees. PS.
The Green Sandpiper was again seen along the Ouse Dyke this morning, along with a Chiffchaff and a Little Egret. There were seven goldeneye on the Large Gravel Pit. PS
Whilst waiting for the Barn Owl to start hunting a Cetti’s Warbler was heard in the Deep Pit. Eventually the Barn Owl showed and the pair of Peregrines were perched together on a pylon. A fair sized flock of large gulls accumulated on the, again frozen, Slurry lagoon, but no white winged gulls were noted. PS.
This morning a Bittern was standing on the ice at the eastern end of the Deep Pit. The water is partial frozen again allowing for quite good views before it crept back into the reeds and a single Shelduck was sitting on one of the Tern Platforms. JMD.