A Water Shrew was seen today beside the pond between the Small Gravel Pit and the Haven. RW.
A Sedge Warbler was singing in the Haven this morning. There were also eight singing Willow Warblers and six singing Blackcaps. Two Oystercatchers were on the Wader Scrape. PS.
In the afternoon two Yellow Wagtails were on the Wader Scrape. SC.
The sun brought out the butterflies this morning with 11 Brimstones, 5 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma and 1 Orange-tip being seen. A Curlew called as it flew over and three Sand Martins were seen near the river, also a Blackcap sang briefly near the Haven. On the Slurry Lagoon two Shelduck were present first thing. PS.
This afternoon a Tawny Owl was heard calling from the Haven, while three Chiffchaffs were seen in bushes close by. PS.
A Bittern was seen in the Haven, late this afternoon. JMD.
This morning at about 09.30 a Red Kite flew low across the Slurry Lagoon. There are still 57 Mute Swans on the oil-seed rape and some Great Crested Grebes have arrived and are setting up territories. Three Cetti’s Warblers were heard singing in the Haven, Deep Pit and Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS.
The Little Ringed Plover is still on the Wader Scrape, along with a Lapwing, 24 Gadwall and a male Goldeneye. Two Cetti’s Warblers were heard, one in the Haven, the other in the Deep Pit, as well as several Water Rail and there were two Snipe near the Large Gravel Pit. In an ash tree on the railway embankment there was a pre-roost flock of 57 Linnets. PS.
As I stood on the Causeway this morning an explosion of pinging calls alerted me to a female Bearded Tit, nerving herself up to crossing the gap in the reeds in front of the bench. She dashed across the gap and into the reeds, pinging twice more before returning to silent running. There were also five Redwing in the corner by the metal gates and two Cetti’s Warblers were singing, one in the Deep Pit and one by the Haven. The geese were in the furthest pasture field, across the river, too far away to tell if the Ross’s Goose was still with them. PS.
Two Bitterns were found today in the Deep Pit, one giving prolonged views as it crouched within a reedbed, and a Cetti’s Warbler was seen flying from the Deep Pit towards the Haven. The triangular field at the Deep Pit’s northern end which is full of seeding Fat Hen has a flock of approx. 20 Reed Buntings and contains some Tree Sparrows. PS.