This morning a flock of about 140 House Martins, 40 Swallows and one or two Sand Martins were on the wires by the railway bridge. Also there were two juvenile Pied Wagtails and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail. Along the Lower Path in a walnut tree near the signal box were two Spotted Flycatchers with Blackcaps, Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. PS.
There was also a report of a Great White Egret circling the site late morning. NH.
This morning, during the RSPB walk, a Water Rail flew across the gap in front of the Causeway bench. A Red Kite flew to the west, high above the site and four House Martins were foraging above the Lower Path, close to the signal box. PS
This morning there were plenty of insects about, especially bees. An Orange-tip was seen on the Lower Path as well as three Commas, two Peacocks, a Brimstone and several Small Tortoiseshells. A Sand Martin was seen near the railway bridge and three Oystercatchers were on the flooded field across the river. PS.
This morning a Willow Tit was first heard then seen as it fed within a large tit-flock along the Lower Path. Later a Peregrine was seen, carrying prey from the Slurry Lagoon. During the Butterfly Walk nineteen species of butterfly were seen, including a Small Copper, as well as a large number of dragonflies. PS.
This morning, amongst the Shovelers, Teal, Tufted Duck and Gadwall on the Slurry Lagoon were a superb pair of Red-breasted Mergansers. More Sedge Warblers had come in overnight and were singing in the reed beds and a Water Rail was also calling. PS.
Along the Ouse Dyke a Nuthatch was found RW and earlier a Barn Owl was seen LD/PD.
In the afternoon, on the Bird Walk, the Mergansers were still present and a Barn Owl was seen along the Lower Path. Also seen was a Roe Deer that jumped the Slurry Lagoon fence and crossed the path in front of us. PS.
In the late afternoon a Firecrest was found, singing, along the Ouse Dyke. RW.
This morning two Egyptian Geese flew north over the site. A Barn Owl was seen flying from the box and a Lesser Redpoll was seen on the Lower Path. On the Large Gravel Pit there were fourteen Goldeneye and about 160 Pink-footed Geese flew west over the site. PS.
In the afternoon a male Bearded Tit was seen in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed, a Peregrine was on one of the pylons and another 64 Pink-footed geese flew over. RW.
This morning, during the bird count, a Barn Owl was seen. Also two Ravens were on the pylons, Siskin and Redpoll were about as well as one Tree Sparrow along the Lower Path. Eight Snipe were seen dropping into the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. By the Small Gravel Pit a late Garden warbler was sunning itself. PS.
This morning, at about 10.30, there were five Mediterranean Gulls on the Slurry Lagoon. DG/PG. There were lots of Black-headed Gulls going through on passage as well. On the Lower Path there were Brimstones, Commas, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks. PS.
This morning two Sand Martins were seen flying over the site, to the south. There were four Lesser Redpoll on the Lower Path and ten migrating Pied Wagtails were seen on the Severn/Trent fields. An Oystercatcher was on one of the tern-tables and a flock of 42 Mute Swans was grazing across the river. PS.