This morning, during the Wildlife Walk, a Bittern was showing well on the Slurry Lagoon. It was perched at the top of the reeds and seemed to be sunning itself for over half an hour. Later it was seen flying across the lagoon. A Raven was also seen flying over the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning there was a Bittern flying between the reed beds on the Slurry Lagoon. There were several Gatekeepers flying and the nettles by the Boundary Hedge had good numbers of Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars. PS.
This evening a Bittern flew out of the reed bed and circled up high before flying off to the West. RW.
Today during the bird count 16 Chiffchaffs were recorded and seven Cetti’s Warblers. PS.
This morning two Oystercatchers flew over the Slurry Lagoon, calling, and a Bittern was seen in the Deep Pit. One male Stonechat was still present in front of the sub-station. Two Cetti’s Warblers were heard as well as two Water Rails. PS.
This evening a Bittern was seen flying from the Slurry Lagoon into the Deep Pit. RW.
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 two Goldeneye were seen on the Slurry Lagoon. Also seen were four Bearded Tits, two Swallows and a Bittern.
The Suspicious Wigeon remain that, as better views were obtained than yesterday. On one the moulting flanks were showing grey, not the hoped for smokey pink. It also showed an anomalous dark stripe on the crown of the head. The jury is still out on this pair. PS.
This morning the Slurry Lagoon hosted four male and two female Bearded Tits, two Bitterns and the bird table attracted a Brambling with a group of Greenfinches.
Also on the Slurry Lagoon there were two Wigeon that looked suspiciously like American Wigeon. They were feeding on the submerged aquatic vegetation and one looked like a male moulting out of juvenile plumage. The other looked browner and more like a Eurasian Wigeon. PS.
This morning seven Redwings were seen along the Slurry Lagoon path. A Bittern crashed into the Slurry Lagoon reed bed, five Cetti’s Warblers were singing and four Water Rail were heard. PS.
This evening a Bittern flew across the Slurry Lagoon and into a reed bed. JMD.