This morning a Red Kite circled slowly over the site before drifting off to the SE. Small groups of Lapwings were flying south over the site – totalling about 240 birds. PS.
This morning, during the Monthly Birdcount, four Whooper Swans circled over the Deep Pit. They very nearly landed, but thought better of it. The Marsh Harrier was seen again, being mobbed by crows in the Deep Pit and later flying high over the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed and a Raven was also seen over the Slurry Lagoon. Over the Ecopark a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen. PS.
The juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen again this morning, pursued by crows until it dropped into the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed. Also a calling Green Sandpiper flew over the Slurry Lagoon towards the Ecopark, followed later by two Common Snipe and a Water Rail made its dash across the gap in front of the Causeway bench. PS.
This morning a male Goosander circled the site and two Ravens were about most of the morning. The Bearded Reedlings were heard, but not seen, from the Causeway. PS.
This morning a Bittern flew across, in front of the Causeway benches. Later it was seen to fly into the Deep Pit. PS.
This morning a Great White Egret flew over the site and a Raven was seen and heard a few times as it foraged about. Near the Causeway bench, two male and two female Bearded Reedlings were seen in the nearby reedbed. PS.
This morning there were seven Shelduck on the Slurry Lagoon. Late morning a female Goosander flew through and a Peregrine was seen along the pylons. There were several small flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings. PS.
This afternoon a Ringed Teal was found on the Ecopark pool. PR
This morning the Bearded Reedlings were heard in the reeds along the north side of the Slurry Lagoon, but not seen and the female Pintail was still present. Water Rails were seen three times (at least two individuals) as they flew across in front of the Causeway bench. Several small flocks of Fieldfares flew through, totalling about 155. PS.
In the afternoon a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen over the Slurry Lagoon. MC.
Today at least four Bearded Reedlings presented themselves again in the N/E corner of the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed. MC