This afternoon at about 15.00hrs, ten Waxwings were briefly seen along the path on the NE side of the Slurry Lagoon. The Green Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail were also seen along the Ouse Dyke. AV.
This afternoon a small flock of about 12 Waxwings were grabbing the last of the hawthorn berries in bushes along the Ouse Dyke. A Common Snipe flew out of the Dyke and one of the Chiffchaffs was feeding close to the water near Teal Close. JMD.
This morning there was a flock of about 40 Redpoll on the Ouse Dyke, near the Boundary Hedge. They were feeding along the banks on the seeds of stinging nettles. Near the signal box on the railway embankment around 20 Waxwings were feeding on the far side and flying up into the ash trees. Along the Ouse Dyke, between the footbridge and Teal Close there were five Chiffchaffs. The first were two together which were normal colouring but there were then three single birds and two of them were quite pale and one was very green and showed a wing bar. All of them, however, were pumping their tails. PS.
A flock of about 65 Waxwings were on the site this afternoon, in the bushes along the Willow Walk. They then flew off over the Slurry Lagoon reed bed. PS, TK.
This morning there were large flocks of thrushes and finches along the railway embankment. There were hundreds of Redwings with smaller numbers of Fieldfares and amongst the thrush flock were twelve Waxwings. About thirty Linnets were in a flock with Goldfinches and a few Redpolls. Near the ford on the Lower Path a Treecreeper was investigating the bark on an ash tree. Across the river seven Herons stood amongst the still puddled fields with flocks of Black-headed Gulls and Grey-lag Geese. Amongst them were a few Lapwings and two Redshank. In some Alders between the Boundary Hedge and the Ouse Dyke, three Siskins were feeding with Goldfinches and on the Ouse Dyke bank five Redpoll were feeding on stinging nettle seeds. One male had a beautiful, soft, rose-pink breast. Along the Ouse Dyke three Little Egrets were feeding and ten Snipe circled around before settling near the National Grid development. A Peregrine was also seen over the Severn/Trent land. In the afternoon two Goosander were seen flying up river. PS.
This afternoon there were plenty of signs of summer migrants arriving as five Swallows were at their breeding site, under the railway bridge. There were three Common Terns on the tern platforms and several Whitethroats singing from the brambles. Two Sedge Warblers were heard, singing from deep cover and dozens of Sand Martins were feeding over the pits. Despite all these signs of the burgeoning spring the unmistakable trilling of Waxwings was heard and a flock of about forty flew across the river by the railway bridge.
About nine skeins of Pinkies flew through to the east this morning, totalling approximately 1,200 to 1,500 birds. There were four Red-crested Pochards but no sign of the Ross’s Goose on the Large Gravel Pit. A flock of about 100 Fieldfares went through to the west , a Cetti’s was heard in the Haven and a Willow Tit was seen on the Lower Path. PS.
In the afternoon a flock of about twenty Waxwings flew across the site towards the retail park. RW.