This afternoon, during the bird walk, a Hobby was seen catching dragonflies over the Deep Pit. In the morning, eight House Martin, two Great-spotted Woodpecker and two Wigeon were seen. PS.
The Great White Egret was still on the Slurry Lagoon this morning. A light passage of Swallows was noticed and some Sand Martins were near the railway bridge. These were attacked by a Hobby, which appeared to have caught something. Later the same or another Hobby was seen, again attacking the Sand Martins, over the Deep Pit. PS.
Today there was a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper on the Slurry Lagoon, along with four Water Rail and six Common Snipe. A Hobby and two Peregrines were seen as well as nine Wigeon and three Yellow Wagtails. RW.
In the late afternoon two Spotted Flycatchers were seen along the Boundary Hedge. About 100 hirundines were overhead and were paid a visit by a Hobby. JMD.
In the late afternoon there were two Black-tailed Godwits and three Green Sandpipers on the Slurry Lagoon. Also seen was a Bittern in the Slurry Lagoon reeds at dusk, three Water Rail, one Red-crested Pochard, a Willow Tit, a Hobby, 40 Swallows and 300 Starlings which came in to roost. RW.
This morning a Cuckoo called briefly beside the Slurry Lagoon as a solitary Swift flew over. During the Warbler Walk, eight warbler species were heard and six Hobbies were seen hawking insects over the Large Gravel Pit. Around seven Hairy Dragonflies were seen, including two females egg-laying, one on the Slurry Lagoon and one on the Small Gravel Pit. Two female Green Hairstreaks were seen, also egg-laying. An Oystercatcher was on the Wader Scrape and a Little Ringed Plover was on the dry end of the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
During the Warbler Walk this afternoon seven warbler species were heard. Four Hobbies were hawking insects (probably an emergence of the Soldier Beetle, Cantharis rustica). A single Green Hairstreak was seen egg-laying on Bird’s-foot Trefoil.
This morning a Nuthatch flew along the river at tree-top height. A 1st for site. Also seen were two Ravens, on the pylons, a Hobby hawking insects over the Slurry Lagoon while a Snipe dropped into the reed-bed. There was still a light passage of swallows and martins. PS.
In the afternoon there were four Ravens present. RW.
Two juvenile Cetti’s Warblers and a juvenile Water Rail were seen today, as well as a Hobby and a Peregrine. RW.
During the Wildlife Walk today, around thirty Pyramidal Orchids were found on the Deep pit bank. Also seen were several species of butterfly including Large and Essex Skippers, and a Hobby. PS.