This morning a Hobby was seen flying along the river. A flock of five Oystercatchers flew up-river and two Swifts flew over the Deep Pit. PS.
This morning a steady stream of Sand Martins flew through the reserve, to the north, with a few Swallows. On the flooded field across the river was a Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and nine Oystercatchers. There were also large numbers of Tawny Mining Bees, which were seen all over the reserve. 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 Raven spent some time on the site and one of the pylons, whilst a Peregrine was on the new pylon. A Chiffchaff was singing along the Lower Path and a Treecreeper was in the willows at the river end of the Boundary Hedge. Some Oystercatchers were heard but not seen on the flooded field across the river. PS.
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.
This morning there were two Oystercatchers on the Wader Scrape and some Swifts were over the Large Gravel Pit. On the flooded field across the river there was one Little Ringed Plover. SC/PG.
This morning a Cuckoo called from the Ash trees along the railway embankment. Two Shelduck were across the river on the flooded field and two Oystercatchers and four Lapwings were on the Wader Scrape. On the Deep Pit bank, opposite the junction box, up to five Green Hairstreaks were flying and by the Gravel Pits a teneral male Hairy Dragonfly was found. PS.
This morning a Merlin was seen briefly as it flew over the site. Also seen were three Oystercatchers, two Shelduck, two Common Terns and three Fieldfares. PS.
This morning, during the bird count, a Sedge Warbler was singing behind the Large Gravel Pit. There were also three Willow Warblers and eight Oystercatchers on the flooded field across the river. PS.
This morning, three Oystercatchers were flying over the Slurry Lagoon, piping as they went, four Swallows and two Sand Martins were also seen. Over the Deep Pit three House Martins were seen flying east and a Willow Warbler was singing on the railway side of the Slurry Lagoon. Also heard were six Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps and three Cetti’s Warblers. PS.
In the evening a Common Tern came in to circle the tern platforms before flying off. JMD