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  1. Common Sandpiper Astley in the afternoon.

    Comment by Julian — May 19, 2018 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  2. 6 Ringed Plover and a single Dunlin opposite Caroline spit this morning and 3 Arctic Terns appeared around lagoon islands at 10.00 but flew off to the NE shortly afterwards

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 19, 2018 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • Further nesting evidence, Lesser Black Backed Gulls were mating on Lagoon Island.

      Comment by Jim Welford — May 19, 2018 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  3. Three Little Egrets this morning.
    Family of 4 campers on hillside 2 tents 2 juvs

    Comment by John Martin — May 19, 2018 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  4. Fairly certain 1 possibly 2 Brown Hawkers in field & copse back of hillside (flight pattern was not a chaser it was patrolling the path) + 1 Large Red Dam/Fly + Commons.
    1 Black-tailed Skimmer (immature male) bottom end of what used to be the path along Dragonfly Ditch.
    Top end of Ox-Bow – 6/7 Red-eyed Dam/Flies, at least on pair egg laying; 1 Large Red Dam/Fly; several Azure Dam/Flies one pair egg laying plus Commons & Blue-taileds.
    Solitary Bee Fly Gropper Corner, couple of Scorpion Flies near Shanhouse Bridge.

    Comment by JK — May 18, 2018 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

    • Seems early for Brown Hawker. Any large hawker type dragonflies at this time of year may possibly be Hairy Dragonflies

      Comment by Gary Vause — May 18, 2018 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

      • First apologies – comment in wrong section – admin please move.
        Second – I agree but I have limited experience of Hairy Dragonflies so my first thoughts for a large brown dragonfly patrolling a field and a wooded glade was Brown Hawker, even better if Hairy Dragonfly is confirmed, unfortunately not able to get a picture today.
        My ID of the Black-tailed Skimmer however was incorrect.

        Comment by JK — May 18, 2018 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

        • Wouldn’t think Hairy and Brown would be confused in flight and don’t Hairy stay near water bodies? Four-spotted would be best guess!

          Comment by Gordonr — May 18, 2018 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  5. Egyptian goose off ridge and furrow flew over Bowers towards Lowther late morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 18, 2018 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  6. Flushed a bittern at 3-50pm from the mud at the main lake side of the causeway, must have only been 10 ft away but didn’t see it until it lifted. It arced round over the lagoon gull islands causing pandamonium and disapeared towards the e/w readbeds.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — May 17, 2018 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

  7. Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat at the Old Lock along with a singing Garden Warbler. Great White Egret reported from the Ridge and Furrow

    Comment by Gary Vause — May 17, 2018 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  8. Good number of Swifts moving through tonight. At least 500 hundred birds, mainly along riverbank but good numbers around the site.

    Comment by RobP — May 16, 2018 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  9. Grey Wagtail juvenile with a very short tail, recently fledged, new bridge to Skelton.

    Comment by Julian — May 15, 2018 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  10. Adult summer Great White Egret on middle Ings of the ridge & furrow this evening (19:10), with at least 1 little egret in the same area

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 15, 2018 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  11. Common Crane over Lowther going NW at 09.30 this morning, flew over main lake/ridge and furrow, gained height and continued in same direction.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 15, 2018 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  12. Yesterday a mobbing on the south ings revealed a Buzzard which took off, climbed and circled tending north before leisurely drifting over the main lake. It was still being harassed when lost from view. It appears to have had a small prey item in its talons.

    Comment by Julian — May 15, 2018 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  13. Cuckoo calling from hillside this evening, with another calling along the riverbank at the same time. Garden Warbler in the Old Lock.

    Comment by RobP — May 14, 2018 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  14. Three Little Egrets on the ridge and furrow and drake Garganey there still.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 14, 2018 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  15. In the last 30 years we’ve only not had Sanderling in one year (2003), and birds have appeared on or before 13th May in all but five years (1993-6 and 2001), so we are overdue one.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 13, 2018 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

    • Plenty of other species still to arrive (hopefully).
      Black Tern has been recorded in spring in 28 of the last 30 years, with a first date later than 14th May in only two years.
      Bar-tailed Godwit has been recorded in spring in 25 of the last 30 years, with a first date later than 14th May in only two years.
      Grey Plover has been recorded in spring in 19 of the last 30 years, with a first date later than 14th May in only four years.
      Wood Sandpiper has been recorded in spring in 19 of the last 30 years, with a first date later than 14th May in only four years.
      Knot has been recorded in spring in 15 of the last 30 years, with a first date later than 14th May in only one year.

      Comment by Paul Morris — May 14, 2018 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  16. Cuckoo West over hide at 8.25 and East over Lowther at 10.25.
    2 Little Egret North Ings.
    Great White Egret West over site at 10.55.
    Female Wheatear new scrape at bottom of hill from Oddball.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 13, 2018 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • Turnstone still Lagoon Islands, Peregrine over main lake then off south, pair of Stonechat still bottom of hillside and Black-necked grebe on ridge and furrow

      Comment by Dave Hunton — May 13, 2018 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

      • Also this morning 2 very wary looking Barnacle Geese on the ridge & furrow

        Comment by Dave Hunton — May 13, 2018 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

        • Those very wary looking Barnacle Geese have been there since Friday and didn’t look wary then.

          Comment by Rob Leighton — May 13, 2018 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

          • They looked just as wary as the two on the ridge and furrow on the later date of May 15th 2017 (see latest report) recorded by your good self!

            Comment by Dave Hunton — May 14, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

  17. Female Corn Crake calling from Eastern reedbed behind Bearded tit site late afternoon. It started to rain while waiting to hear again so might still be present in the morning.

    Comment by Julian — May 12, 2018 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

    • (RP, JP)

      Comment by Julian — May 12, 2018 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

    • Interesting comment in BWP under Corncrake habitat; avoids water, swamps, …….., bushes, reedbeds, prefers grass or herbage above 50cm tall. Only Corncrakes I have seen, and not easy, have been in long grass or Iris beds. Female call is very rare. Most birders are happy with the Crex crex call, as at North Duffield currently.

      Comment by petegriff — May 13, 2018 @ 12:31 am | Reply

      • Having had a better listen this morning, the bird in question is a Water Rail singing. It’s also called a few times.

        Comment by RobP — May 13, 2018 @ 6:47 am | Reply

        • Knew habitat was a problem, 368 recordings of water rail on xeno-canto none come close to what I remember. The timbre was more partridge, but none of those come close. Only a few recordings of female Corn Crake and most are different from the others!

          Comment by Julian — May 13, 2018 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

          • Well done for finding the unusual and getting to the bottom of it.

            Comment by petegriff — May 13, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

  18. Summer plumage Turnstone on lagoon island this afternoon

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 12, 2018 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  19. Gropper corner song thrush blackcap dunnock and lesser whitethroat

    Comment by jockslad — May 12, 2018 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  20. 8 Goosander on North Lagoon Island.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 11, 2018 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  21. I see the removal of the plastic round the trees on the hillside has started. Willow warblers and Skylarks were pointing out that the breeding Season is now on, the grey partridge just flew off.

    Comment by Julian — May 10, 2018 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

    • Good spot, can the removal team delay until after the breeding season to avoid disturbance. Tree guards can be removed anytime surely?

      Comment by petegriff — May 11, 2018 @ 11:32 am | Reply


        Comment by John Martin — May 12, 2018 @ 9:46 am | Reply

        • Disturbing illegaly is for schedule one birds only,there will not be any around that area.

          Comment by Dave Gibson — May 12, 2018 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  22. Seven Whimbrels on the Chain Islands at Astley Lake this morning. The long-staying Ringed Plover still opposite Caroline Bridge. A few more Swifts and Garden Warblers in, otherwise a quiet day.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 10, 2018 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

    • Four Ringed Plover flew onto the site this evening, landing on the north shore of the main lake. Bittern on middle ings of r&f.

      Comment by RobP — May 10, 2018 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  23. 1 wheatear (m) still present n end of r& f during afternoon 9/5. First b-h gull chicks noted western reedbed. Bearded tit (m) reported at usual spot. 2 bittern booming.

    Comment by Steve Williams — May 10, 2018 @ 6:40 am | Reply

  24. Turnstone on black pipe bay at 20:30, 2 yellow wagtails went west over Astley and a Cetti’s singing from Astley this evening.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 8, 2018 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  25. Male Peregrine over at 18:55

    Comment by sibgchairman — May 8, 2018 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

  26. A Purple Heron was seen independently by DIH (at the crossroads) and PRM (on the central path) flying over and dropping into the channel near Lemonroyd Bridge. After about an hour without a sign it flew out of the reeds along the channel and headed off up the valley, being seen by REL and GYL as well as the original finders. This is just the second record, but had been widely anticipated. It was a shame that, after all the time and effort creating a habitat that would seem ideal for the species, it should fly over and ignore the reedbeds, favouring in a narrow strip of reeds along the channel instead, and even then deciding that was not good enough for a prolonged stay.
    At the Main Lake were four Dunlins, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper, but no sign of the Turnstone seen there later (REL, AR)..

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 8, 2018 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

    • We had 3 Dunlin, R.P.,L.R.P., Common Sand as well as Turnstone.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — May 8, 2018 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  27. Cream crown Marsh Harrier over R&F mid after noon headed off South, don’t think it appreciated the blasting hip hop emanating from around Bower’s.

    Comment by John Martin — May 7, 2018 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  28. Nuthatch in Swillington park , party of 16 Linnets at Astley stables.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — May 7, 2018 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  29. Of interest 3 Spoonbills went north over Helmsley North Yorkshire at 9:30

    Comment by Vaughan — May 7, 2018 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

  30. 3 Spoonbills were on the main lake but left to the north east. Drake Garganey on the r&f.

    Comment by Vaughan — May 7, 2018 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • A second Drake garganey was on Astley Lake as well

      Comment by Rob Hunton — May 7, 2018 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

      • 5 Dunlin on main lake were new today

        Comment by Dave Hunton — May 7, 2018 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  31. Evening Visit 6.30pm to 8.15pm – Wheatear on ridge and furrow, also Snipe and 2 Grey Partridge.
    Photographer (no bins) standing at the base of the fence by the Sand Martin wall (pointing his lens at the holes), youths making a fire on Caroline Spit (dry reeds the fuel of choice) and kids paddling in Bowers.

    Comment by Reuben Mew — May 6, 2018 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  32. Single Lapwing high SW over Little Preston mid after noon. Failed breeder? Autumn migration.

    Comment by John Martin — May 6, 2018 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  33. 2 wheatears were on the Bowers path, and DIH picked out an LRP flying over which came down on the same path.
    Cream-crowned Marsh harrier came over ridge & furrow before gaining height, circled over head with a red kite before being lost over the hillside still gaining height & drifting north

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 5, 2018 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  34. Cuckoo at Lowther early morning.

    Comment by John Martin — May 5, 2018 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  35. Two Wheatears ( a male and female) were on the ridge and furrow early this morning and at least 2 young Lapwings have appeared today.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 4, 2018 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  36. Drake Garganey, Astley lake and single Yellow wagtail with the cows. Curlew displaying over hillside.

    Comment by Vaughan — May 4, 2018 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  37. 11 swifts over main lake this morning. Willow tit at Rabbit warren this afternoon.

    Comment by pgcoates — May 4, 2018 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  38. Lesser and common whitethroats blackcap linnet and cetti’s gropper area

    Comment by jockslad — May 4, 2018 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  39. Gropper area lesser and common whitethroats cetti’s showing plus linnet and blackcap

    Comment by jockslad — May 4, 2018 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  40. I did the first of my annual breeding bird survey walks from Lemonroyd Lock to the concrete bridges at Knostrop and back. A few years ago I would have expected Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers in good numbers in the riverside scrub above Woodlesford Lock, with several Reed Buntings and Linnets and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats, Garden Warblers and probably at least one Grasshopper Warbler and Cuckoo. Today I had seven Whitethroats, no Sedge, Garden or Grasshopper Warblers, no Lesser Whitethroat, no Reed Bunting or Cuckoo, just two Linnets and virtually no Sand Martins. A Wheatear on the fence opposite the Woodlesford viewing platform was the only highlight there. When I got back to the hide a Peregrine over the lake was my first sighting for almost three months and only my third of the year.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 4, 2018 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

    • Hi Paul. By the end of our walk at noon we’d only added about a dozen sand martins and 3 swallows (flying high) and one female reed bunting was bathing in the goit at Woodlesford

      Comment by Linda J — May 4, 2018 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  41. Early to mid-morning very quiet with no passage waders evident. Single Curlew on R&F. Good numbers of warblers including the now usual 2 Cetti’s singing between Gropper Corner & Lowther, but my first visit for a while without hearing Lesser Whitethroat. Two Garden Warblers singing at the Old Lemonroyd Lock or adjacent river bank, with the bird by the river showing unusually well in tree top. Seems to me that Sedge Warblers are in better numbers than recent years with a healthy population on the east side of Caroline Pond and Pond With No Name as well as parts of the R&F and bottom of the hillside, plus other scattered individuals. 2 Greenfiches again singing near Shan House with 1 calling while another displaying over Old Lemonroyd Lock – continuing a good showing for a species which is often scarce in the main part of the site, especially outside winter months. 5 Common Buzzards together over the Dragline while 1 over Swilly Park and single Red Kite.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — May 4, 2018 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • Grenfinch also singing near the Lines Way entrance.

      Comment by Jim Welford — May 4, 2018 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  42. 3 Common Sandpiper Black pipe bay with another near Warren, PRM heard another near Caroline spit. 1320 all the gulls on the islands on St Aidans rose like snow going up. The raptor was close and low. As it was mobbed the Osprey circled and climbed rapidly and was lost in cloud! Late afternoon 4 Ringed Plover appeared on Large island, Astley, can’t say whether they were off main lake.

    Comment by Julian — May 3, 2018 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  43. Lowther Lake 2 cetti’s warbler, Garden warbler, 3 Blackcap, Little egret, common whitethroat, willow warbler this afternoon. 4x B T Godwit on R & F.

    Comment by pgcoates — May 3, 2018 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  44. 9 Ringed Plovers, single Dunlin and Common Sandpiper on main lake this morning. Grasshopper Warbler heard from Gropper corner but almost certainly out of area on other side of river. Two Whinchat were on hillside fence and single Wheatear on mud bank at Bowers.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 3, 2018 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Better than me on the gropper front. I walked along the canal from Woodlesford, around Skelton and didn’t hear any. Hopefully come in over the weekend. Plenty of Blackcap and Whitethroat, one Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, a pair of Shelduck, nothing out of the ordinary.

      Comment by Jim Welford — May 3, 2018 @ 7:38 pm | Reply


    Comment by sibgchairman — May 2, 2018 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

    • I fancy that iff im free

      Comment by Trev cook — May 3, 2018 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  46. Eleven Arctic Tern Main Lake/Lemonroyd

    Comment by sibgchairman — May 2, 2018 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  47. My first post since joining. Have really enjoyed reading the daily sightings, thanks. I went searching for the Firecrest which Gavin told me was still around, but it was too windy and still no joy. Had a good view of a pair of Bullfinches enjoying the apple blossom. Was scolded by a pair of blackcaps on the way to the hide where the Avocet was feeding by the near island. Was smiling at the goslings near the reeds on Ashley when a little gull flew overhead, showing very nicely, wheeling in the wind. On the wary back to the car park enjoyed good views of the black necked grebes, black tailed godwits feeding on the near side of the main lake and the whinchat sitting conveniently on the metal fence blocking the new, unmade path

    Comment by Roger Hackney — May 2, 2018 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  48. Swilly listers blog has been updated with both league tables updated with information at hand, also a list of the new birds for the year recorded in April.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — May 2, 2018 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  49. We have several scarce breeding birds within our recording area. I would appreciate receiving information on any of these by private message, email, etc.(after the event if you prefer) but would ask that details that might be of interest to those that perhaps do not have the same concern for the welfare of the birds as us are not published on public platforms such as this website or social media outlets. Thanks.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 2, 2018 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  50. 3 bittern seen today. Two flew across from ne corner of Eastern reedbed towards the western around 11 am and then an hour later another bird, slightly darker, flew West from Eastern end of ridge and Furrow. A cream-crown marsh harrier was high above the hillside around 1pm. Two redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, and one black tailed godwit also on R and F .
    2 Arctic terns over Astley and yellow hammer in usual hedge off Fleet Lane.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — May 1, 2018 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  51. On return to the hide a pair of waders were flying round Astley, when they settled on RH Stint Island they were Dunlin.

    Comment by Julian — May 1, 2018 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  52. For those doing the BBS work, a brood of eight Greylag Geese on Astley and a brood of three Shovelers on the ridge and furrow area this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 1, 2018 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  53. Song thrush in gropper corner lesser whitethroat singing but couldn’t see it

    Comment by jockslad — April 30, 2018 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  54. Male Whinchat still present this morning on the r & f, but more elusive and distant in the blustery conditions, also Wheatear still in the same area.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 30, 2018 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  55. Pair of Pintails, one Ruff (black/chesnut ruff) one Black-tailed Godwit on the ridge and furrow area, drake Garganey and female Goldeneye on the Main Lake, Cetti’s Warblers at Astley Lake and at Gropper Corner.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 30, 2018 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  56. 1 pink-footed goose still on ridge & furrow / main lake

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 29, 2018 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  57. A Cormorant spent at least five minutes trying to subdue and swallow a large Eel at Astley Lake this morning. Having done so it then spent over ten minutes trying to get it down into its stomach, with its neck distended and the tail still visible each time it opened its bill.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 29, 2018 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  58. Male Whinchat still on ridge & furrow but often out of view. Male and female Wheatear on r&f also. Male Stonechat still around also pair of Pintail and single Black-tailed Godwit and drake Garganey flew onto pond with no name. Six Arctic Terns over main lake, Ringed Plover opposite Caroline bridge and Garden Warbler seen singing away near the warren. Cetti’s still singing around gropper corner

    Comment by Dave Hunton — April 29, 2018 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

    • 8 Arctic Tern flew low over the eastern reed bed around 8 am, gained height over the ridge and furrow and left site to the east, no telling whether it was these that returned or a different party.

      Comment by Jim Welford — April 29, 2018 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

    • Also Garden Warbler singing well at Gropper Corner (JM / AJR). Lesser Whitethroat singing between Gropper Corner & Caroline Bridge and the one on the riverbank adjacent to old Lemonroyd Lock) still singing there after nearly 2 weeks in residence. No sign today (for me) of the last remaining Goldeneye. Still a Greenfinch singing close to Shan House – nearer the riverbank after 6 6 – 7 weeks in the area

      Comment by Andrew Ross — April 30, 2018 @ 7:20 am | Reply

  59. Male Whinchat and Wheatear r&f. Stonechat still present. Cream crown Marsh Harrier went east. Hobby and Peregrine(with MB) were over the main bay.

    Comment by Vaughan — April 28, 2018 @ 11:42 am | Reply

    • Hobby was after hirundines on Bowers around ten, two male garganey on Astley.

      Comment by Jim Welford — April 28, 2018 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

    • Raven over the hillside this morning (MB) also 2 Peregrines. 2 Cuckoo’s pit lane early morning (MB).

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 28, 2018 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  60. The forecast looked promising, but the morning delivered begrudgingly. 3 Arctic Terns dropped in at the Main Lake with the first spots of rain at around 7.30am, but seemed to disappear shortly afterwards when the rain stopped briefly. Later 5 Common Terns appeared over the lake together (residents or migrants?). A party of 3 Ruff flew west over the Main Lake and onwards over Lemonroyd Lake. Plumage and timing suggested they were different from 3 birds which were on the R&F with a Black-tailed Godwit (seen by PRM). Single Dunlin dropped in at the Main Lake where a single Ringed Plover also present. Rain pushed down good numbers of Hirundines over the Main Lake with around 300 Sand Martins, 100 Swallows, 30 House Martins with also 50+ Common Swifts.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — April 27, 2018 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  61. Single Curlew headed off high NW c1230 over Old Astley Lane.

    Comment by John Martin — April 26, 2018 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  62. 3 Common Sandpipers around main lake late morning and a pair of Peregrine for a couple of minutes before heading off to the south. c200 Sand Martins with a few Swallows and House Martins

    Comment by Gordon — April 26, 2018 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • 12 Common Terns main lake (yesterday 26th)

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 27, 2018 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  63. Osprey picked up over the Balance res heading towards Swillington park where it circled around a few times then continued heading West up the valley @ 12:05, ( CM, PGC, GYL, TF).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 26, 2018 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  64. Ruff and Black tailed Godwit r&f, Common Sandpiper Astley before flying off upriver. Wheatear bottom of hillside west of trailer gate

    Comment by Vaughan — April 26, 2018 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  65. A Cuckoo flew over ridge & furrow heading east and came down in the wood north of the newly ploughed goose fields north of lowther @20:25
    Also bittern flew from ridge & furrow onto eastern reedbed shortly before and at least 2 (maybe 3) male Wheatear on ridge & furrow

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 25, 2018 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  66. 1700 hours and a shower comes over Astley, suddenly there are 2 Ringed plover and 4 Dunlin on Boomerang, looking further 2 Common sandpiper close together on Large island, by the time I’ve checked the other islands the Sandpipers had gone as had the rain. Before the plovers and Dunlin left at 1830 another sandpiper briefly on round island. All day the skies were full of all the hirundines and swifts.

    Comment by Julian — April 25, 2018 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  67. Cetti’s showing well at lowther plus blackcap

    Comment by jockslad — April 25, 2018 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  68. 4 hares feeding on r&f tonight

    Comment by Pauline Hogg — April 17, 2018 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  69. In readiness for the 2018 Report I’ve calculated the 30-year (1988 to 2017) mean arrival dates for some of the most regular summer visitors. For interest they are given below.

    Chiffchaff 14th March (arrived 13th March this year)
    Sand Martin 17th March (arrived 13th March this year)
    Little Ringed Plover 22nd March (arrived 7th April this year)
    Wheatear 27th March (arrived 28th March this year)
    Swallow 31st March (arrived 31st March this year)
    Willow Warbler 3rd April (arrived 3rd April this year)
    Blackcap 4th April (arrived 5th April this year)
    House Martin 5th April
    Common Sandpiper 7th April
    Yellow Wagtail 13th April (arrived 7th April this year)
    Common Tern 16th April (arrived 6th April this year)
    Whitethroat 18th April
    Sedge Warbler 20th April
    Cuckoo 23rd April
    Grasshopper Warbler 23rd April
    Swift 24th April
    Reed Warbler 24th April
    Lesser Whitethroat 24th April
    Garden Warbler 27th April
    Whinchat 30th April

    So despite the feeling that this spring has been slow most early birds were back much as expected, though Little Ringed Plover was about two weeks late and Yellow Wagtail and Common Tern were a week or so early. There are a couple more early birds still to come, then a week or so to wait before the later birds should start appearing.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 8, 2018 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  70. Also a pair by the Skelton Lake car park this morning, with it or another along the spit at Skelton Lake yesterday.

    Comment by Paul Morris — March 25, 2018 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

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