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.
Today, on the Slurry Lagoon, there was a Whooper Swan, a Ruff and four Goldeneye. A Pintail was on the Large Gravel Pit and a Peregrine was on the pylon. RW.
Later on this afternoon there were 1,500 Starlings coming in to roost. There was one Ruff, 34 Lapwing and six Snipe on the Slurry Lagoon.28 Fieldfare flew over, plus eight Redpoll and the two Peregrine were seen. RW.
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.
During the Bird Count this morning two Ruff flew around the Slurry Lagoon but did not stop. Also seen were Siskin, Redpoll and there were eight Snipe on the Slurry Lagoon. The Wigeon count is now in excess of 500. PS.
Early this afternoon there were two Garganey, six Snipe, four Ruff and three Green Sandpipers on the Slurry Lagoon. RW.
This evening two Ruff and two Dunlin dropped in, onto the Slurry Lagoon. There were also about 120 Sand Martins, 340 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1,000 Black-headed Gulls. RW.
Three Ruff were feeding on the Slurry Lagoon edge after the worst of the rain had passed over and two Water Rail were out on the edge of the reeds feeding close together. JMD.
A Reed Warbler was feeding along the edge of the reed bed at the back of the Slurry Lagoon this afternoon; while two Green Sandpiper and a Ruff were on the water’s edge. Common Snipe numbers are slowly increasing with at least twelve seen today. The two Red-crested Pochard are still present on the Large Gravel Pit. A few insects are still about particularly Migrant Hawkers. JMD.
What a difference a day makes – it was glorious at the Lagoons this afternoon. The warm sunshine encouraged some insect activity with at least six Migrant Hawkers and one or two butterflies including a Holly Blue and two Small Tortoiseshells. The geese had departed into the surrounding fields and the river so it was easier to view the Slurry and two Ruff were spotted among the Lapwings and Black-headed Gulls and nine Common Snipe were enjoying the sun at the reed edges. JMD.