This morning there were two male Cuckoos calling around the reserve. The Slurry Lagoon Swans have lost another cygnet and are now down to one. The tern platforms have at least seven pairs of Common Terns on nests now. PS.
This morning the Ruff was still present on the Slurry Lagoon but was flushed by a Fox. There were also 25 Wigeon. On the Large Gravel Pit there were two Whooper Swans and a Barnacle Goose with about thirty Mute Swans. The two Peregrines were on the pylons and a Yellowhammer and Chiffchaff were also recorded. About 100 Pink-footed Geese flew over to the west. PS.
This morning, during the Warbler Walk, nine warblers were seen or heard (just Grasshopper Warbler missing). A Hobby attacked the Swallows at the Railway Bridge, but they saw it coming. The Slurry Lagoon Mute Swans now have eight cygnets and there are several Coot families and the Great Crested Grebes on the Slurry Lagoon still have their chick. Earlier on, at about 08.00hrs a Cuckoo was singing from an ash tree beside the railway line. 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.
Happy New Year
This morning a drake Pintail touched down briefly on the Slurry Lagoon and the two Stonechats were together on the Wader Scrape. There were five Little Egrets and a herd of about forty Mute Swans across the river, upstream from the Railway Bridge, and a small flock of mixed Redwings and Song Thrushes on the Wader Scrape, with another four Song Thrushes singing around the reserve. Five Cetti’s Warblers were heard and eleven Golden-eye were on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
A Red-crested Pochard drake was on the Slurry Lagoon this morning. At least two Cuckoos were calling and a second brood of cygnets has appeared in the Deep Pit. PS.
Late this morning three Whooper Swans landed on the Slurry Lagoon. Unfortunately the resident family of Mute Swans took exception and chased them away in a few minutes. RW.
The Slurry Lagoon Mute Swan pair have four cygnets. The other three pairs on the site all seem to have failed to lay. PS.
The latest recruits to the Mute Swan population are three new cygnets to the Gravel Pit pair. There are already six on the Slurry Lagoon and six on the river, bringing the total to fifteen. The Deep Pit nest has failed.