During the Warbler Walk this afternoon seven warbler species were heard. Four Hobbies were hawking insects (probably an emergence of the Soldier Beetle, Cantharis rustica). A single Green Hairstreak was seen egg-laying on Bird’s-foot Trefoil.
This morning, during the Warbler Walk, nine warblers were seen or heard (just Grasshopper Warbler missing). A Hobby attacked the Swallows at the Railway Bridge, but they saw it coming. The Slurry Lagoon Mute Swans now have eight cygnets and there are several Coot families and the Great Crested Grebes on the Slurry Lagoon still have their chick. Earlier on, at about 08.00hrs a Cuckoo was singing from an ash tree beside the railway line. PS.
This morning there were nine species of warbler singing and the orchids are now coming out. Bee Orchids are doing quite well and so are the Spotted Orchids. Northern and Southern Marsh-orchids are still in flower and the Pyramidal Orchids should be out in a little while. There were several Large Skippers about as well as the first Meadow Browns and Ringlet. A Painted Lady was also seen near the pumping station. PS.
This morning, during the Warbler Walk, an Osprey was seen low over the Slurry Lagoon and gravel pits. Nine species of warbler were listened to but there was no sign of the Grasshopper Warblers, and a Cuckoo was heard. PS.
This morning the site hosted a walk for the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Club. There were up to three Cuckoos heard and one was seen flying and perching to call, along the Boundary Hedge. A Hobby flew low over the Slurry Lagoon towards the river and the Little Ringed Plovers were on the Wader Scrape. Plenty of warblers were singing and some of the Southern Marsh orchids were in flower. About 100 Swifts were hawking insects over the site for the whole morning. PS.
This morning a Warbler Walk was led around the reserve and ten species of warbler were heard. A Cuckoo was heard calling across the Slurry Lagoon and a Hobby appeared briefly by the railway bridge. There were also plenty of butterflies and other insects about. PS.
There are now at least five Grasshopper Warblers on territories across the site. Also four Lesser Whitethroats were singing along with plenty of Reed, Sedge, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. there were three Oystercatchers, eight Little Ringed Plovers and a Common sandpiper. PS.
This morning, during the monthly bird count, a Red Kite paid a visit to the site. It flew low, over the Slurry Lagoon, before gaining height and drifting away over Carlton. Some Common Terns were moving north along the Trent Valley and a Hobby was seen alarming the Swallows beside the river. There were still plenty of warblers to see, several in family parties. PS.
Two juvenile Ruff, a male and a female, were on the Slurry Lagoon this morning. A Peregrine sliced through the Lapwing flock but didn’t manage to catch anything and ten Wigeon arrived to rest on the lagoon. A large flock of Swallows passed through late morning, accompanied by three Swifts and the Willow Tit was present along the Lower Path again with a large flock of other tits, Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs. Two Snipe were also seen flying over. PS. AE.
In the early afternoon a juvenile Little Stint and a juvenile Ruff were present. RW.
During the ‘Patchwatch’ a Caspian Gull was tentatively identified on the Slurry Lagoon. Also present was a Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, three Jays and the Pintail. There were still several species of warbler in evidence and a light passage of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits was noted. The Peregrine was seen again and two skeins of Pink-footed Geese were seen flying west. Seventy-six species of bird were noted during the day. PS.