This morning, along the Lower Path, a Spotted Flycatcher was seen amongst a flock of tits and warblers. Further along the path two more Spotted Flycatchers were catching flies from the overhead wires. Also seen were a Hobby, Jay, Whitethroat and Blackcap. PS.
Late this afternoon two male Willow Emeralds were seen by the ford on the Lower Path. They were seen on the Sallows. RW.
This morning, the third sighting this year of a Scarlet Tiger was had near the pump-house on the Lower Path. Later on, on the inside of the southern bank of the Deep Pit a Six-belted Clearwing was seen, egg-laying. PS.
A male House Sparrow was seen this morning on the Lower Path, close to the river. This is a very rare sighting now at the lagoons. Also heard or seen were a Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker and Grasshopper Warbler along with four Brimstones, five Green Hairstreaks, ten Common Blues, four male Orange-tips, two Green-veined Whites, a Peacock, a Large White and a Latticed Heath. SC/PG.
Also seen this morning were three Hobbies, two Buzzards and a mass of gulls and terns catching flying ants. PS.
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, after the rain had finished, a Purple Hairstreak was seen along the Lower Path, near the gates, on brambles beside the big oak tree. 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.