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Wednesday 6th January 2021

To due to the 'Lockdown' there will be no current bird sightings posted on this site.

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Posted By: Barry on 1/9/2021 4:49:54 PM

Tuesday 5th January 2021

There were 10 Whooper swans on Cell 'A' this morning, all departing at about 8 am,
Also on Cell 'A', there was 2 drakes & a female Goosander,
A Ruff was on the Village lake, with a Coal tit by the Far lake

Goosanders on Cell 'A'

Posted By: Barry on 1/5/2021 5:42:30 PM

Monday 4th January 2020

2 drakes & a female Goosanders were on Cell 'A' in the late afternoon,
100,000+ Starlings were north west at dawn,
Also seen today was Tawny owl (Far Corner), 6+ Golden plover (North field), 2 Marsh harriers, Peregrine north, 6 Roosting Little egrets, 3 Lesser redpolls east, 2 Ruffs & Whooper swan, Treecreeper & the pair of Stonechats by the Dragonfly ponds

Goldfinch on the North path

Posted By: Barry on 1/4/2021 6:23:51 PM

Sunday 3rd January 2021

22 Whooper swans were on Cell 'A' this morning, all departing by 8am. 5 further Whooper swans were seen flying north west later on in the morning
Also seen was a Tawny owl (Far Corner),  a skein of Pink-footed geese east, Water rail (several heard), 2 Ruff (Village lake), Green sandpiper (New workings), Woodcock, 2 Lesser redpoll overflying, Little owl, pair of Stonechats (Maize field), Marsh harrier & separate male & female Bullfinches

Male Greenfinch on the Maize field feeders

Posted By: Barry on 1/3/2021 1:26:38 PM

Saturday 2nd January 2021

A first for the reserve was a Water shrew seen this morning,
There were 30 Whooper swans roosting on Cell 'A', all of them departing by 08:05,
A covey of between 5 & 6 Grey partridges were on a field in the New workings,
Over 80,000 Starlings flew over in the early morning movement,
2 pairs of Stonechats were seen, with also Coal tit (Far lake), 2 Grey wagtails, Woodcock (Dragonfly ponds), Kingfisher (Village lake), Ruff (Village lake), Peregrine, Little owl & Marsh harrier.

Whooper swans on Cell 'A'

Posted By: Barry on 1/2/2021 6:29:25 PM

Friday 1st January 2021

Due to the ice cover, no swans roosted on the reserve,
In the morning, there was parties of 12 & 14 briefly about Cell 'A', plus 2 separate single birds. 30 birds were seen to fly onto Cell 'A' in the evening,
Tawny owls were heard along Cliffe road & by the Bus-stop hide in the early morning,
Also seen was Treecreeper (West path), 2 Coal tits (Far lake), Grey wagtail, 13 Little egrets roosting, 2 Marsh harriers, Pink-footed geese (several skeins overhead), 4 Golden plover west, Green sandpiper (New workings), Little owl & 2 Ruffs (Village lake)

Treecreeper on the West path

Posted By: Barry on 1/1/2021 3:50:19 PM

Thursday 31st December 2020

This morning, only the Village lake, Reed-bed, Cell 'A' & the Silt pond had any ice-free water,
This meant that the 70 Whooper & 4 Bewick's swans were on the Silt pond, with a final late departure of 9:20,
Also seen was 2+ Ruff (Village lake), 150 Pink-footed geese over, Marsh tit (East path), Tawny owl (North hedge), Little owl & 4+ Stonechat

Whooper swans over the Silt pond

Posted By: Barry on 12/31/2020 5:53:48 PM

Wednesday 30th December 2020

There were 65 Whooper swans this morning (36 on Cell 'A', 13 on Reed-bed & 16 on Island lake),
The 4 Bewick's swans were on Cell 'A'. There was a late departure today, last bird was about 08:50,
70+ Whooper swans & the 4 Bewick's swans returned to the Silt pond in the late evening,
Also seen was Tawny owl (East hide), 3 Eygptian geese overflying, 50,000+ Starlings south east at dusk, 400 Pink-footed geese flew over, 2 Coal tits (East & West paths), Golden plover (2 flocks), 2 Ruffs (Village lake), 3+Marsh harrier, Peregrine & Water rail (Island lake & Cell 'B')

Fieldfare on Dryham lane

Posted By: Barry on 12/30/2020 7:28:53 PM