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Thursday 6th October 2022

There were many small skeins of Pink-footed geese over the reserve today, with 6 dropping onto the Village lake. Also there was 3 Eygptian geese on Crossland's lake,
30 Curlews roosted on the Island lake. with 10 Golden plovers (south), 5 Ruffs (Reed-bed, North field & Silt pond), 2 Redshanks (Silt pond & Island lake), plus single Black-tailed godwit (Cell 'A') & juvenile Little ringed plover (Silt pond),
Also seen was female Stonechat (Snipe field) & 5 Redwings (West path),
Migrant hawker, Willow emerald damselfly & Common darter were out today

Wren by the Butterfly walk

Posted By: Barry on 10/6/2022 5:47:09 PM

Wednesday 5th October 2022

The pair of Ruddy shelducks were on Crossland's lake in the early morning, along with a few Pink-footed geese that had roosted on the Silt pond,
2 Black-tailed godwits (Cell 'A'), 5 Ruffs (Reed-bed & Silt pond), 3 Redshanks (Silt pond) & a juvenile Little ringed plover (Reed-bed) were also present,
Also seen was 41 Pochard & Chiffchaff

Ruff on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 10/5/2022 3:32:17 PM

Tuesday 4th October 2022

A pair of Bearded tits were seen in the morning on reeds in the Island lake, opposite the Turret hide,
2 Black-tailed godwits were on Cell A', with 4 Ruffs being seen (Island & Village lakes, Reed-bed & Silt pond), 3 Redshanks (Silt pond & Island lake), with a single Curlew also seen,
In the early morning, roosting Pink-footed geese were seen on the Silt pond & Crossland's lake, with the 2 Ruddy shelduck being seen on the latter at the same time,
Also seen was Marsh harrier

Pair of Bearded tits on the Island lake

Posted By: Barry on 10/4/2022 4:53:45 PM

Monday 3rd October 2022

The Jack snipe was still showing at times on the near east shore of the Island lake,
Other waders today, included 3 Black-tailed godwits (Cell 'A' & Silt pond), 4 Ruffs (Island lake, Reed-bed & Silt pond) & 9 Curlews (Island lake),
In the late afternoon, Bearded tits were heard 'pinging' from the Island lake reeds,
Also seen was 2 Ruddy shelducks & Eygptian geese (Crossland's lake), Peregrine (West) & Grey wagtail (Main lake)
Migrant hawker & Comma were flying today

Comma by the Turret hide path

Posted By: Barry on 10/3/2022 5:30:37 PM

Sunday 2nd October 2022

The Jack snipe again showed on the Island lake from mid-morning onwards,
On Crossland's lake, there was 2 Ruddy shelducks & 2 Eygptian geese, with a further 7 of the latter on Cell 2a,
Waders included, 4 Redshank (Silt pond), Curlews, 3+ Black-tailed godwits (Cell 'A' & Silt pond), 5 Ruffs (Island lake, Reed-bed & Silt pond), plus the juvenile Little ringed plover (Silt pond),
Also seen was 100+ Canada geese (briefly on the North field & then flew off south), several skeins of Pink-footed geese north, Red kite, 10+ House martins, Hobby (over Dryham Ings), Kingfisher (Island & Far lakes), Several Redwings flying over & Stonechats (pair in Cell 'B' & female at the back of the Silt pond),
Butterflies were Small tortoiseshell & Small white, with Migrant hawker, Common & Ruddy darters & Willow Emerald damselflies also seen

Male Stonechat in Cell 'B'

Posted By: Barry on 10/2/2022 6:15:18 PM

Saturday 1st October 2022

Today's highlight, was a Jack snipe that showed well on the Island lake from the Turret hide in the afternoon,
The 2 Ruddy shelducks showed up on Crossland's lake in the late morning,
Waders seen included 4 Ruffs (Island lake & 3 on Silt pond), single Black-tailed godwit (Reed-bed), juvenile Little ringed plover (Reed-bed) & Redshank (Silt pond),
Skeins of Pink-footed geese flew north over the reserve (with 100+ roosting overnight on Crossland's lake), with 25+ Canada geese briefly alighting in the New workings before flying off east & 3 & 5 Eygptian geese overflying the reserve,
Also seen was a Marsh harrier (Over the Island lake), Kingfisher, House martins (Over Crossland's lake), Tawny owl calling, 2 + Water rails (Island lake) & Stonechat (Cell 'B')
Small white butterfly, Migrant hawker, Common darter & Willow emerald damselfly were all seen today

Marsh harrier over the Island lake

Posted By: Barry on 10/1/2022 4:24:16 PM

Friday 30th September 2022

An hybrid Tufted duck x Pochard was on Crossland's lake, along with about 60 Pochard,
25 Golden plovers flew south, 5 Black-tailed godwits were seen (Island lake, Cell 'A' & Reed-bed), along with 5 Ruffs (Island lake, Reed-bed & Silt pond, 3 Dunlins, 10+ Curlews, plus juvenile Little ringed plover (Reed-bed) & Redshank (Silt pond),
Also seen was Marsh harrier, Grey wagtail (Main lake), A few Swallows & 20+ House martins (Crossland's lake) & a few skeins of Pink-footed geese over going north

Hybrid Tufted duck x Pochard on Crossland's lake

Posted By: Barry on 9/30/2022 4:21:36 PM