This morning at dawn a Barn Owl was seen hunting near the Gravel Pits and a Peregrine was on the new pylon. Up to eight Water Rail were heard (with one seen) and three Cetti’s Warblers were singing. One Snipe was seen in the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS.
This morning there were, as usual, good numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese and Mallards on the Slurry Lagoon, which went off to feed fairly early on. The hedgerows were full of thrushes, mostly Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares. A flock of about three hundred Lapwings flew over with a flock of about fifty Golden Plovers, probably the ones from Holme Pierrepont. There were two Snipe on the Slurry Lagoon, an Egyptian Goose flew over and six Goldeneye were on the Large Gravel Pit. PS.
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.
This morning, during the Patchwatch, a light passage of migrant birds was observed. Species seen included Skylark (with one Woodlark amongst them), Redwing, Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Stonechat, Brambling and Siskin. On the Slurry Lagoon Wigeon, Pintail, Water Rail, Jack Snipe, Snipe and eight Bearded Tits were seen, a Nuthatch was seen in the corner of the Deep Pit and two Peregrines were on the pylon. Towards dusk a Barn Owl was seen. In total over seventy species were seen. PS.
This afternoon the Slurry Lagoon held a Bittern, seven Bearded Tits, five Water Rail, one Jack Snipe, nine Common Snipe, fourteen Lapwings and around 250 Starlings. RW.
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.
This morning a Jay was screeching from the dry end of the Slurry Lagoon, a Snipe was on the Slurry Lagoon, near the bench and two Little Egrets were along the water’s edge. A Cetti’s Warbler was singing in the Deep Pit. PS.
Today there was a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper on the Slurry Lagoon, along with four Water Rail and six Common Snipe. A Hobby and two Peregrines were seen as well as nine Wigeon and three Yellow Wagtails. RW.
This morning a Spotted Flycatcher and a Willow Tit were on the south side of the Deep Pit. A Marsh Tit was on the north side of the Slurry Lagoon and nine Snipe were on the Slurry Lagoon. A Raven flew over to the north-west and two Yellow Wagtails flew over. RW.
This morning a Green Sandpiper was on the Slurry Lagoon. Three Water Rails were calling and a pair of Buzzards were seen with one juvenile. PS.
In the evening the Green Sandpiper was joined by a Black-tailed Godwit and four Snipe. JMD.