This morning a Sandwich Tern flew down-river, past the Deep Pit, where three Common Terns were displaying. A Kingfisher was on the river and a Treecreeper was seen hopping about on the path, picking up food items. The Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on the Deep Pit bank, overlooking the river and a Bittern was seen, flying between reed beds on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning a Grasshopper Warbler and three Garden Warblers were singing. During the guided Walk a Cuckoo sang from the large willow by the Large Gravel Pit and two Common Terns were seen over the Deep Pit. Four Green Hairstreaks were seen, two were females laying eggs. PS
This morning two Reed Warblers were singing from the Slurry Lagoon reed bed, two Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat were also singing. A Common Tern was flying around the tern platforms but left after a short while. On the Causeway a female Redstart was seen catching insects from the fencing and, near the Slurry Lagoon dry end, a male Redstart was also seen. PS.
This morning a Cuckoo was calling from the ash trees along the railway line, before flying out across the Slurry Lagoon and then to the river. Eight Common Terns were making a lot of noise over the Deep Pit. A Grasshopper Warbler was singing from the middle of the Slurry Lagoon reed bed and a Garden Warbler was singing near the railway bridge. PS.
This morning a Peregrine, two Common Terns and two Redpolls were seen over the Slurry Lagoon. A Grasshopper Warbler and two Whitethroats were by the Gravel Pits and four Lesser Whitethroats were heard around the site. PS.
This morning a Merlin was seen briefly as it flew over the site. Also seen were three Oystercatchers, two Shelduck, two Common Terns and three Fieldfares. PS.
This morning, three Oystercatchers were flying over the Slurry Lagoon, piping as they went, four Swallows and two Sand Martins were also seen. Over the Deep Pit three House Martins were seen flying east and a Willow Warbler was singing on the railway side of the Slurry Lagoon. Also heard were six Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps and three Cetti’s Warblers. PS.
In the evening a Common Tern came in to circle the tern platforms before flying off. JMD
The juvenile Black Tern came in to roost again tonight at 20.05hrs, with the Common Terns on the Deep Pit platform. JMD.
The juvenile Black Tern came in to roost again tonight with the Common Terns on a tern platform. JMD.
This morning a passage Redshank was on one of the islands in the Slurry Lagoon. Worryingly there was no sign of the Common Tern chicks, which were all too young to fledge. Possibly a visit from a predator occurred during the night. An adult flew in with a fish and didn’t seem to know what to do with it. PS.