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 the Jack Snipe was bobbing in its usual spot on the Wader Scrape. There were six Chiffchaffs, four of them singing, seven singing Cetti’s Warblers and five Water Rail were also heard. A Weasel was seen at the bottom of the bank in front of the Wader Scrape, climbing in the hedge as well as running up and down. On the Ouse Dyke a mixed flock of songbirds was mobbing a roosting Tawny Owl. PS.
Today was Patchwatch Day and so, of course, it rained all morning. In the late morning a Tawny Owl was seen in the Deep Pit and a Hobby flew along the railway lines. A final total of sixty-three species was seen. PS.
This afternoon a Tawny Owl was heard calling from the Haven, while three Chiffchaffs were seen in bushes close by. PS.
This evening, at about 7.30, a Barn Owl was seen, hunting along the Causeway. Later a Tawny Owl was also seen and 21 golden Plover came in to the Slurry Lagoon. Noctule and Pipistrelle were also flying overhead and detected on a bat box. RW.
This evening there were at least four Cetti’s Warblers singing on the site and several Water Rail were calling from the reed beds. Two Tawny Owls flew over the reed bed in the Deep Pit and some Snipe were heard as they flew against the dark sky. PS.
A Siberian Chiffchaff has been seen along the Ouse Dyke for the last few days, between the footbridge and the road. The Iceland Gull was seen again on the Slurry Lagoon and a Tawny Owl was heard calling by the river. RW.
As the light faded this evening the Grey-lag and Canada Geese started to arrive to roost on the Large Gravel Pit and Slurry Lagoon. When it was almost dark the White-fronted Geese were heard and about twenty-four birds were picked out against the dim sky as they came in to roost on the large Gravel Pit. As I walked off a female Tawny Owl was heard and, a little later, some Golden Plover were heard as they flew in. PS.
This morning a Peregrine Falcon flew over and perched on the nearby electricity pylon for a few minutes before moving to the next pylon to the north-east. A Common Sandpiper flew round the Slurry Lagoon and a Little Ringed Plover was displaying over the Slurry.
In the early afternoon one Common Tern appeared on the newly recommissioned Tern Platforms. One Swift and two House Martins were seen and a Redstart was heard alarm calling. A Tawny Owl was observed in the willow tree. RW.
Later two Avocets settled on the Slurry Lagoon and a male Marsh Harrier flew through. PS. RW.
The Tawny Owl was seen this afternoon , sitting in the entrance to its nest box with a very snooty expresion on its face. The Cetti’s Warbler was heard calling again from the Slurry Lagoon. PS.