This morning there were quite a few Redwings at the lagoons, with more arriving as the morning went on. There was a flock of thirteen Redpolls and about three Siskins passed over as well as several small groups of Skylarks. PS.
This morning, during the Patchwatch, 58 species were recorded. Several flocks of Fieldfares were seen as well as good numbers of Redwing. A Bittern was seen on the Slurry Lagoon as well as two Little Egrets. PS.
This morning a male and female Stonechat were on the outside of the Deep Pit bank, at its north eastern corner. Inside the Deep Pit bank two Cetti’s Warblers were showing well together. On the Slurry Lagoon was a Dunlin and a Snipe and several Water Rail were calling. Two Redwing, six Siskin and a Redpoll flew over and about sixty Golden Plovers came in to rest on the Slurry Lagoon. The Willow Tit was showing well on the Lower Path. PS.
At the other end of the day the Starling roost is building up to quite a spectacle with thousands of birds flying in to roost in the Slurry reed beds. This evening so much activity attracted a Sparrowhawk who after one or two unsuccessful passes over the reeds sat in a bush and watched as the Starlings, aware of her presence, flew straight into the reeds. JMD.