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Friday 27th November 2020

This morning, there were 84 Whooper swans on the Reed-bed, including 19 juveniles, 9 adults separately were seen flying high south over the Reed-bed,
Over 7,000 Pink-footed geese flew south in the afternoon, with about 40,000 Starlings south east at the same time,
The male & female Goldeneyes were still on the Main lake, being later on joined by 2 Pink-footed & the 'hybrid' goose with the Greylags,
Up to 8 Lesser redpolls were in Black dyke by the Far lake,
Also seen was Barn owl (back of Main lake), Coal tit (Far lake), 18 Curlew (North field), Marsh harrier, 3 Ruff (Reed-bed), Stoenchat & Little owl

Lesser redpoll on Black dyke

Posted By: Barry on 11/27/2020 4:04:00 PM

Thursday 26th November 2020

There were 72 Whooper swans on the Silt pond (including 17 juveniles) this early morning, with departure before 8am, In the evening a total of 84 birds were seen to drop onto the lake,
On the Main lake, there was the drake, plus 2 female Goldeneyes, plus 2 Pink-footed geese with the Greylags when they dropped in, The 'hybrid' goose also made an appearance today,
Also seen was 3 Ruff (Reed-bed), 2 Bearded tit (Village lake), Little owl (New workings), Stonechat (Dragonfly ponds), Water rail (Island lake) & Lesser redpoll (West path)

Pied wagtail on the North hedge

Posted By: Barry on 11/26/2020 2:36:58 PM

Wednesday 25th November 2020

In the early morning, there was 68 Whooper swans (including 17 juveniles) on the Silt pond. These had all left in 4 parties to the north west by 07:40,
The drake & female Goldeneyes were still on the Main lake,
A Woodcock was flushed from the Butterfly path,
Also seen was Lesser redpoll (Far Corner), 3 Ruff (Reed-bed), Water rail (Village lake) & male Bullfinch (East path)

Male Bullfinch on the East path

Posted By: Barry on 11/25/2020 5:37:35 PM

Tuesday 24th November 2020

There were 52 Whooper swans (including 17 juveniles) on the Silt pond this early morning. They left in 4 parties all in a north west direction by 7:30am,
A Short-eared owl was seen flying high south west over the New workings,
The drake & female Goldeneye were still on the Main lake,
On the New workings there was Little owl, Green sandpiper & Stonechat,
Also seen was 3 Ruff (Reed-bed), 2 skeins of Pink-footed geese, Siskin & Lesser redpoll (Far Corner), Coal tit (East path) & Treecreeper (Carp lake)

Whooper swans over Dryham Ings at sunrise

Posted By: Barry on 11/24/2020 2:54:03 PM

Monday 23rd November 2020

There were 40 Whooper swans (including 14 juveniles) on the Silt pond this early morning, leaving in two equal parties, all birds had left by 7:30am,
The drake & a female Goldeneye were still on the Main lake,
Arriving with the Greylag geese was last week's White-fronted goose. This is now believed to be a hybrid  Lesser white-fronted x White-fronted goose,
Also seen was Peregrine (over the Reed-bed), Ruff (Reed-bed) & 10+ Lesser redpoll in the far corner & the Viewing area

Drake Goldeneye on the Main lake

Posted By: Barry on 11/23/2020 3:09:47 PM

Sunday 22nd November 2020

66 Whooper swans were seen today (47 on the Silt pond, 12 on the Reed-bed & 7 flying north), this included 24+ juveniles,
50,000+ Starling flew north over the reserve in the early morning,
Over 7,000 Pink-footed geese flew over in the morning,
There was 19 Cormorants & 5 Little egrets at the roost in the morning,
10+ Lesser redpoll were in the Far Corner, with 9 by the Viewing platform,
The drake Goldeneye, plus 2 females were on the Main lake, along with the White-fronted goose
Also seen was 9 Curlew (Island lake), Green sandpiper (New workings), 3 Ruff (Reed-bed), drake Mandarin (Carp lake), Peregrine (New workings), Treecreeper, Coal tit & Stonechat (New workings)

Fieldfare in the far Corner

Posted By: Barry on 11/22/2020 5:14:20 PM

Saturday 21st November 2020

At the Silt pond this morning, there was 39 Whooper swans (including 19 juveniles), that departed early in the morning, as did a further 5 adults on the Reed-bed,
The Cormorant roost held 16 birds, with the Little egret roost holding 14,
Between 5 & 6,000 Starlings flew north over the reserve in the early morning,
The drake & 2 female Goldeneyes were on the Main lake, with a drake Pintail seen to fly from the New workings towards the Reed-bed,
Also seen was Green sandpiper (Silt pond), 3 Ruffs (Reed-bed), 18 Curlew (Island lake), Little owl & 10+ Lesser redpoll (Far lake)

Lesser redpoll by the Far lake

Posted By: Barry on 11/21/2020 5:09:20 PM

Friday 20th November 2020

In the early morning, there was 15 Whooper swans (including 9 juveniles) on the Silt pond, with a further 11 adults on the Reed-bed, both groups left by 7am,
With the Greylags on the Reed-bed there was a Pink-footed goose & the 3 Ruffs,
2 adult Whooper swans were later brief visitors to the Main lake,
On the Main lake the female Goldeneye was joined by a male,
A Treecreeper, 2 Lesser redpoll & a male Yellowhammer were by the Far lake,
13 Curlew & 83 Pink-footed geese were in the North field

Goldcrest on Dryham lane

Posted By: Barry on 11/20/2020 3:32:43 PM

Thursday 19th November 2020

This morning, there were 54 Whooper swans on the Reed-bed, including 9 juveniles. They had all left by 07:45, 6 adults later flew west over Dryham Ings,
Also on the Reed-bed was the European white-fronted & a Pink-footed goose, 14 Curlew & the 3 Ruffs,
2 female Goldeneyes were on the Main lake, with a male Stonechat in Cell 'B' & Marsh harrier seen

European White-fronted goose on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 11/19/2020 4:40:50 PM

Wednesday 18th November 2020

In the early morning, there was 22 Whooper swans (including 14 juveniles) on the Silt pond, with a further 84 on the Reed-bed (split into herds of 44 & 40). All herds flew off north at sunrise. In the late afternoon, 60 alighted on the Main lake,
Also 22 Cormorants roosted on the Far lake trees
A Grey plover flew south over the Reed-bed in the morning,
The White-fronted goose was still on the North field,
Also seen was 3 Ruff (North field), 2 female Goldeneye (Main lake), 2 Lesser redpoll (Far lake) & Coal tit (West path)

Early morning Whooper swans on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 11/18/2020 3:38:55 PM