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Golden Plover – 16th December

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.

Short-eared Owl – 13th November

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.

Goldeneye – 15th October

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.

Uncertain Wigeon on left
Uncertain Wigeon on left