This morning a flock of about twenty-five Swifts was feeding over the Slurry Lagoon. Over the Deep Pit there were about twenty Sand Martins, twenty-eight Swallows and four House Martins. There are now ten singing Garden Warblers. PS.
This morning a Roe Deer was seen on the Causeway. Two Common Sandpipers were along the river near the Poulser Brook. A migrant flock of about 100 Swallows and House Martins were feeding over the Slurry Lagoon and three Buzzards flew through to the north. PS.
This morning a freshly emerged male Hairy Dragonfly was found on the sunny side of the Boundary Hedge, still holding its wings along its back. PS.
During the “Patchwatch” today a Wood Sandpiper briefly stopped on the Wader Scrape. There were also a Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (probably a “Greenland” ) and some Swifts were seen passing through. A total of 73 species of bird were seen during the day. PS.
There was a good arrival of migrants over the last two days with warbler numbers shooting up. The reed beds hold several Reed and Sedge Warblers and several Lesser Whitethroats and Garden Warblers have arrived. Swallows, House Martins and Swifts have been passing through in good numbers all day. In the morning a Curlew flew over the site and a Little Egret made an appearance. In the late afternoon a Marsh Harrier flew in and possibly stayed to roost in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. RW.
A Hobby paid the Swallows by the railway bridge a brief visit this afternoon. They saw it coming and mobbed it until it flew away, all calling noisily until it went. A nearby Buzzard was similarly mobbed by a noisy Rook. A Cuckoo called from the Deep Pit posts and all the warblers except Lesser Whitethroat could be heard singing. PS.