This morning a Ringed Plover flew over the site towards the flooded fields by the Trent. A Raven was being mobbed by five or six Carrion Crows as it investigated the sheep and lambs across the river. A stunning male Brambling was in the Deep Pit, close to the bird table, showing really well and a Willow Warbler was singing from the Slurry Lagoon hedgerow. PS
This morning, during the bird count, a Sedge Warbler was singing behind the Large Gravel Pit. There were also three Willow Warblers and eight Oystercatchers on the flooded field across the river. PS.
This morning three Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and two Sedge Warblers were singing as well as plenty of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Whitethroat was singing as it passed through. At least four Water Rails were calling from the Slurry Lagoon reedbed and two Oystercatchers flew noisily over. Butterflies seen included Brimstone, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood. PS.
This morning a Whitethroat was singing beside the river and a House Martin was seen. There are now four Wheatears in the ploughed field behind the Wader Scrape.
In the evening two Little Ringed Plovers were on the Wader Scrape. RW.
On the Wader Scrape this afternoon there were two Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover and two White Wagtails. PS.
This afternoon there were three Swallows, a Sand Martin, four Little Ringed Plovers and a Ringed Plover on the Wader Scrape. In the late afternoon a Marsh Harrier flew over the railway land, pursued by crows. JC.
This morning, on the monthly bird count, there were several new birds in, including five Willow Warblers, four Sand Martins, a Swallow and a Wheatear. More Chiffchaffs had arrived and also more Blackcaps. Three Buzzards and two Shelduck were also seen. PS.