In the late afternoon two Spotted Flycatchers were seen along the Boundary Hedge. About 100 hirundines were overhead and were paid a visit by a Hobby. JMD.
This evening about 10,000 Starlings came in to roost in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. Two Barn Owls were seen hunting along the Boundary Hedge and a Peregrine was on the new pylon. 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 morning a Willow Warbler was singing in the Boundary Hedge. JDn.
In the afternoon a Swallow was by the Railway Bridge with eleven Sand Martins and two Wheatears were on the Severn/Trent fields. RW.
This morning a flock of thirty Lesser Redpoll were in the birches on the north side of the Slurry Lagoon and a male and a female Stonechat were foraging around the base of the new pylon. A female Small Copper was found nectaring along the Boundary Hedge. PS.
This morning four Buzzards were flying above Radcliffe when a Raven flew through and across the site. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing along the Boundary Hedge and two Yellow Wagtails were in the maize field. PS.
During this morning’s Bird Count a Short-eared Owl was seen flying beside the Wader Scrape and then across the grassland beside the Large Gravel Pit, most of the time mobbed by crows. On the bank in front of the Wader Scrape two Muntjacs were also seen, a male pursuing a female, but they soon disappeared into the Boundary Hedge. There were also plenty of thrushes and finches about, with lots of Redpoll and Redwing. 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.
This morning a lot of migrants were about and a Pied Flycatcher was found in the Boundary hedge. It later moved along the hedge to Willow Pond. There were also two Little Ringed Plovers on the Wader Scrape, two Common Terns in the Deep Pit, a Common Sandpiper on the river bank, two Yellow Wagtails on the Causeway and there were lots more warblers about including Willow, Sedge and Garden Warblers and Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. There were a few Swallows and Sand Martins and one House Martin. Also seen were a Jay and a singing Treecreeper. PS.
This morning the site hosted a walk for the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Club. There were up to three Cuckoos heard and one was seen flying and perching to call, along the Boundary Hedge. A Hobby flew low over the Slurry Lagoon towards the river and the Little Ringed Plovers were on the Wader Scrape. Plenty of warblers were singing and some of the Southern Marsh orchids were in flower. About 100 Swifts were hawking insects over the site for the whole morning. PS.