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 Green Sandpiper was on the Slurry Lagoon. Three Water Rails were calling and a pair of Buzzards were seen with one juvenile. PS.
In the evening the Green Sandpiper was joined by a Black-tailed Godwit and four Snipe. JMD.
The Jack Snipe was back in its usual spot on the Wader Scrape this morning. Also seen was a male Stonechat and three Buzzards. Four Cetti’s Warblers were heard singing. SC.
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.
This afternoon an Osprey paused over the Slurry Lagoon as if it was about to fish, but two Buzzards moved in and if flew higher and off to the north. RW.
This morning there was a strong passage of Black-headed Gulls to the east. A Peregrine was on a pylon and later spiralled over the site. Also seen were a pair of Kestrels and of Buzzards, six Water Rail were heard plus five Cetti’s Warblers. Four Little Egrets were on the Wader Scrape. PS.
This afternoon a Barn Owl was seen hunting around the Gravel Pits and two Buzzards were perched untidily in a birch tree across the Wader Scrape. The Black Swan was still with the Mute Swans across the river and a Goosander flew over the site. Four Siskins were seen along the entrance path and 23 Linnets were near the railway bridge. PS.
This morning there were three Little Egrets along the Ouse Dyke but no sign of the Green Sandpiper. A female Peregrine flew low, right through the Deep Pit and then up and over the signal box and a little later the male Peregrine was seen taking repeated stoops at a Buzzard. On the Wader Scrape the male Stonechat was still to be seen and the first Coltsfoot and Lesser Celandine flowers are now out. PS.
There were five Red-crested Pochard on the Large Gravel Pit this afternoon. In the evening the Starlings, Geese and Crows put on a spectacle with thousands of birds coming in to roost or passing over on their way to their roost sites. The roosts attracted the usual raptors with Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard putting in an appearance and a Jack snipe was briefly seen. PS.
This afternoon a female/immature male Marsh Harrier spent a few minutes resting in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed before being escorted from the premises by two Buzzards. RW.