This morning a Redshank was on an island on the Slurry Lagoon. There were also almost 100 Mallard also on the Slurry Lagoon, and seven Water Rail were heard. A small flock of Fieldfares was eating berries from a hawthorn and a Jay was in one of the oaks.
In the evening the Starling murmuration contained up up 12,000 birds, including one white one. PS.
At the Patchwatch today, 65 species were seen, including two Tawny Owls, two Ravens, two Yellow Wagtails, two Redshank and two Ruff. There was also a small passage of Swallows, Sand Martins and Meadow Pipits. PS.
This morning a passage Redshank was on one of the islands in the Slurry Lagoon. Worryingly there was no sign of the Common Tern chicks, which were all too young to fledge. Possibly a visit from a predator occurred during the night. An adult flew in with a fish and didn’t seem to know what to do with it. PS.
So far today, 71 species have been recorded at Netherfield, including Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover as well as Cuckoo, Peregrine, Grey Partridge and ten species of warbler. PS.
This morning a Great Reed Warbler was singing in the north-east corner of the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. It was keeping low and not seen but singing frequently. Also seen were a Redshank and an Oystercatcher and a very brief view of a Hairy Dragonfly. PS.
This morning there were three Oystercatchers on the Wader Scrape. There were also two Little Egrets, 30 Gadwall and some Lapwings. A Redshank flew through to the east and a Peacock butterfly was near the dry end of the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
During the Monthly Bird Count, hundreds of Jackdaws and Rooks were seen flying over from their roost, 1,000 or more geese left their roost on the Slurry Lagoon and a flock of about 2,000 Wood Pigeons was seen on Severn/Trent Land. A Redshank was seen briefly on the Slurry Lagoon and two Little Egrets were feeding along the Ouse Dyke. PS.
This morning at Netherfield Lagoons there were three Reed Warblers, three Grasshopper Warblers, five Sedge Warblers, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, six Common Terns, four Little Ringed Plovers, two House Martins and a Redshank. PS.
Later on a Hobby was seen over the Slurry Lagoon. MS.
This afternoon a Chiffchaff was singing along the Lower Path and a Redshank was heard calling as it flew over the site. There were five male Cetti’s Warblers singing and a pair of Red-crested Pochard were on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
Sweet Violets beside river bank path.
After seeing yesterday’s male Marsh Harrier, it was a surprise this morning to see a female, also over the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. It dropped into the reeds and disappeared for a while and when it reappeared its crop was distended with its recent meal. Crows escorted it off the site unfortunately. Also seen were the Little Ringed Plover on the Wader Scrape, with a Redshank, six Buzzards, seven Snipe and two singing Chiffchaffs. PS.
This afternoon a White Wagtail was present amongst the Pied Wagtails on the Wader Scrape. RW.