This morning the Red-crested Pochard was still on the Slurry Lagoon and some small groups of Skylarks were flying over. There were at least five hundred birds on the Slurry Lagoon, consisting mainly of Wigeon, Black-headed Gulls and Coots, but with smaller numbers of other species mixed in. About mid-day a female Marsh Harrier lifted all of the gulls off the Slurry Lagoon and drifted off into the trees in the reed bed. About six Water Rail were heard calling and some Redpoll flew over. PS.
A Merlin flew SW through the Deep Pit and over the rail bridge field this afternoon. The 1st Winter Caspian Gull is still around, 15 Siskin and a Redpoll flew through too. Also an ‘Argentatus’ Herring Gull on the Deep Pit. MC.
This morning a Brambling flew over the Ecopark. Other finch species in a large flock along the Ouse Dyke included Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnet and Redpoll. Several Redwings were also seen. IEP. PS.
A female Redstart was seen crossing the Pylon Path towards the Deep Pit. Several Skylarks and Swallows flew through and a Lesser Redpoll flew over. A Brimstone was seen near the Pump House. IEP. PS.
This morning a pair of Stonechats were seen near the sub-station. There were plenty of Redpolls flying about and some were on the birches at the dry end of the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning there were plenty of Redwing about and a few Fieldfares. Skylark, Redpoll and Siskin were also flying over and a Brambling was heard along the Ouse Dyke. One Pintail was still present on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning, during the Bird-count, there were several flocks, totalling around 300 Redwings seen around the site as well as about thirty Fieldfares. Redpoll, Siskin and Skylarks were also seen and heard passing overhead and there were still plenty of Chiffchaffs about. At about mid-day five female Goosander were seen flying downriver. PS.
This morning a juvenile Arctic Tern was seen on the Slurry Lagoon before flying off in the direction of Holme Pierrepont. A Jay was seen flying along the hedge by the Wader Scrape and several Redpolls were seen flying between the Slurry Lagoon Birches. PS
During the Patchwatch today sixty-five species of birds were seen by 16.30hrs. These included the Bittern, three Pintail, Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail and roving Siskins and Redpolls. PS.
Today a Wood Sandpiper has been present all day on the Ecopark pool, along with Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Three Pintail were also on the Slurry Lagoon. RW.
Earlier a lock of about forty Redpoll were seen about the site. PS.