This morning there were two Green Sandpipers on the scrape on the Ecopark, with a Little Ringed Plover and a Lapwing. A buck Roe Deer also put in an appearance. On the Slurry Lagoon the air was filled with about 120 Sand Martins, 60 Swifts and one or two House Martins. PS.
This morning there were still around twenty Sand Martins and a Swallow by the railway bridge. A mixed flock of Starlings and about twenty-five Fieldfares were also present. The Willow Warbler was still in the Deep Pit and a male Red-crested Pochard was on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
This morning a Little Ringed Plover was seen flying over the Slurry Lagoon dry end towards the ‘Eco-Park’. Thirty Sand Martins and a Swallow were foraging beside the railway bridge and lots more Blackcaps had arrived. There was a Willow Warbler singing in the north end of the Deep Pit and later in the Slurry Lagoon. 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, during the Wildlife Walk, a Green Sandpiper was seen on the flooded field across the river. Two Sand Martins flew through over the Slurry Lagoon and five Chiffchaffs were singing. PS.
A male Stonechat was seen near the Small Gravel Pit this afternoon. Also seen were several House Martins and a Sand Martin, one Grey Wagtail and six Common Snipe. RW.
The Great White Egret was still on the Slurry Lagoon this morning. A light passage of Swallows was noticed and some Sand Martins were near the railway bridge. These were attacked by a Hobby, which appeared to have caught something. Later the same or another Hobby was seen, again attacking the Sand Martins, over the Deep Pit. PS.
This morning a Yellow Wagtail and a Kingfisher were seen. PS.
In the evening a Great White Egret flew over. A Green Sandpiper was on the Slurry Lagoon. Two juvenile Water Rails were seen and 600 Starlings and 50 Sand Martins came in to roost. RW.
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