The Slurry Lagoon was alive with geese late this afternoon. About 130 Canadas and approximately 600 Greylag were present with an interesting assortment of hybrids. The S.T. fields of sweetcorn have been harvested and this is no doubt what has attracted them to the Lagoons. Two Swallows also flew quickly through. JMD..
A female Pintail was on the Slurry Lagoon today, along with two juvenile Shelduck. The flock of Lesser Black-backed Gulls topped 1,000 and included four Herring Gulls, a Great Black-backed Gull and a Yellow-legged Gull. A flock of eighteen Wigeon flew over in the evening, going south.
There are still some Swallows feeding young in a nest under the Railway Bridge and a Reed Warbler sang briefly from the reed bed. PS.
Six to eight Spotted Flycatchers were seen today as one or two families moved through on migration. They were seen along the Railway Embankment and by the Railway Bridge. At the Bridge were a large gathering of Hirundines, including at least 100 Swallows, which were spooked by a Hobby.
A Hobby caused panic among the Swallows congregating on the wires above the Railway Bridge and seven Yellow Wagtails were working the paths surrounding the Deep Pit.
A Hobby stirred up the Swallows by the Railway Bridge just before a downpour forced us to take shelter under the bridge. The downpour brought down a Common Sandpiper in the Deep Pit and a Little Ringed Plover on the Slurry near ‘The Beach’. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling in the Slurry reed bed.