This evening about 4,000 Starlings came in to the roost and there is still at least one Bearded Tit. On the EcoPark there were three Green Sandpipers, 54 Teal and a Goldeneye. RW.
This morning there were, as usual, good numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese and Mallards on the Slurry Lagoon, which went off to feed fairly early on. The hedgerows were full of thrushes, mostly Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares. A flock of about three hundred Lapwings flew over with a flock of about fifty Golden Plovers, probably the ones from Holme Pierrepont. There were two Snipe on the Slurry Lagoon, an Egyptian Goose flew over and six Goldeneye were on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
Today, on the Slurry Lagoon, there was a Whooper Swan, a Ruff and four Goldeneye. A Pintail was on the Large Gravel Pit and a Peregrine was on the pylon. RW.
This morning, during the bird count, a Chiffchaff was found on the river by the railway bridge and another along the Ouse Dyke. Four Egyptian Geese were also seen, flying over the site, as well as two Lesser Redpoll and there were thirteen Goldeneye on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning the Slurry Lagoon carried a good variety of ducks, including Shoveler, Teal, Goldeneye and Pochard, and three Goosander flew over. Also Water Rail and Cetti’s Warblers were heard. PS.
The male Bearded Tit was showing again in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. Also recorded were five Common Snipe, six Water Rail and sixteen Goldeneye. A Peregrine was on one of the pylons. RW.
This morning, during the Bird Count, Bearded Tits were heard calling in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. There were also nine Goldeneyes on the Large Gravel Pit, a Peregrine chasing the ducks on the Slurry Lagoon, Redwings, Redpolls, Siskins and twenty-five Fieldfares. PS.
This morning there were ten Lesser Redpoll on birch trees at the railway end of the Deep Pit. On the Large Gravel Pit twelve Goldeneye were counted. PS.
This morning, during the bird count, a Short-eared Owl was seen over the Deep Pit. It was mobbed by three crows which forced it to fly very high and then off to the south. There were plenty of winter thrushes and ducks about, with four Goldeneye on the Large Gravel Pit and three Little Egrets on the Ouse Dyke. Also several Water Rails and Cetti’s Warblers were heard. 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.