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  1. Yesterday, early afternoon; Hobby 4 (poss5) over Astley Hill. Also Kestrel, Buzzard 2 and Red Kite 1.

    And garden list moved on, as two Teal flew low South.

    Comment by John Martin — September 24, 2022 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  2. 24/9/22 12:20 – 16:00. Ringtail (prob Juve) Hen Harrier showed several times over the hillside fenceline and mown fields (between ‘chat bench and Bal Res) at 14.30-ish and then seen again from Astley single bench at around 15.30. Around same time a Bittern showed at back of Astley.

    Earlier at around 13:00 there were 4 (poss 5) Curlew Sandpiper with around c20 Dunlin amongst the Lapwings. 6 Spoonbill on Astley all day and x2 Hobby hunting over there together also. Juve Peregrine over WRB. (added to Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel and Red Kite a nice 7 raptor day). 1 Ringed Plover on ERB with c12 Snipe.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 24, 2022 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Also GWE on Astley from 15:30

      Comment by Paul Scholes — September 24, 2022 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  3. Pale common buzzard seen flying along the hillside toward Astley at 12:25. White breast without any banding and whitish base to the tail. Flew over the hill after the treeline ended. Single ruff on eastern reedbed, green sandpiper on Astley and bittern in flight there also. Peregrine high over the main lake.

    Comment by Chris Doyle — September 24, 2022 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

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    Comment by satta — September 24, 2022 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  5. Erb a white bird landed next to the path, first impression was not correct and it wasnow bunting but was missing most of the usual features, got close and found albino Budgerigar! Got close eventually flew off onto the Reedbed.

    Comment by Julian — September 23, 2022 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

    • I’ve seen Mike pullans pic and it’s a white budgie

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 23, 2022 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

      • I could see red in the eye.
        11 Buzzard beyond Swillington Park.

        Comment by Julian — September 23, 2022 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  6. 1 Black-necked Grebe Lemonroyd
    2 Ringed Plover ERB
    2 Ruff Astley
    1 Curlew Sandpiper Astley
    c20 Dunlin Astley
    60+ Snipe ERB and Astley
    1 Green Sandpiper Astley
    5 Spoonbill 4 ERB 1 Astley

    Comment by Peter Newbound — September 23, 2022 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • In addition
      4 Whinchat on the north Ings and a single above the Balance lake. Two Yellowhammers were at the top of the trailer gate road.
      Several small groups of Pink feet came in Greylags this morning which suggests they are feeding in fields nearby
      Nine Pintail were on Astley (PM)

      Comment by Vaughan — September 23, 2022 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

      • Wheatear on fence at the bottom of the hillside

        Comment by Vaughan — September 23, 2022 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

        • At least 20 Stonechat showing on the Ridge and Furrow and the bottom of the hillside late afternoon.

          Comment by Mike Pullan — September 23, 2022 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  7. One Curlew Sandpiper with 24 Dunlins and two Ruff at Astley Lake, with two more Curlew Sandpipers flying west late morning. Also there at least six Spoonbills and two Pintails, Bittern, Reed Warbler and two Bearded Tits. Three Ringed Plovers were on the Eastern Reedbed, with 11 more flying west mid-morning. One Yellow Wagtail flew over, still 40+ House Martins and 10+ Swallows. 36 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 22, 2022 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  8. Curlew Sandpiper on western reedbed with Ringed Plover and c20 Dunlin early afternoon (VAL) flew towards Astley with other waders after being spooked by a Sparrowhawk flying through. Still 2 Whinchat and 8+ Stonechat bottom of hillside

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 21, 2022 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  9. Single Whooper swan on WRB this evening.

    Comment by Tony Wood — September 21, 2022 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  10. Two Pintails at Skelton Lake, four at Astley Lake and one on the Eastern Reedbed (two that flew high east over the reedbeds were presumed to be the Skelton Birds). At Astley Lake, six Spoonbills, one Ringed Plover, 24 Dunlins, two Ruff. Another Ruff on the Western Reedbed, having flown over from the Eastern Reedbed. The Grey Plover on the Eastern Reedbed and two Black-tailed Godwits on the Middle Ings. The Black-necked Grebe still on Lemonroyd Lake. At least 23 singing or calling Cetti’s Warblers, one Sedge and three Reed Warblers, a couple of Blackcaps and a dozen or so Chiffchaffs. A few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were flying over, but in all directions and were presumably local birds rather than migrants. A Yellowhammer was in the Astley Lane set-aside strip. One skein of 72 Pink-footed Geese over mid-morning, with calls heard whilst at Lemonroyd late morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 21, 2022 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  11. Grey Plover on ERB but mobile in the area where Spoonbills are often asleep, i.e. often hidden. 2 Green Sandpiper against the far Reedbed with BT Godwit. Dozen Dunlin and more Snipe.

    Comment by Julian — September 20, 2022 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

    • I take it you mean ‘Blackwit’ and not ‘Barwit’.

      Comment by Doug Milne — September 21, 2022 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  12. Adult Med Gull on Astley this morning was wearing rings on both legs but at too far a distance to make anything from them.
    Still 2 Whinchat and 5+ Stonechats at bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 20, 2022 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  13. Whitethroat with mixed flock of Longtails, Blue & Great Tits and Chiffchaffs bottom of hillside, six Spoonbills plus Bittern on Astley.

    Comment by J Keeble — September 20, 2022 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  14. 13:30-18:00
    Grey plover showed around 17:25, also 5 Bearded tit, 2 black-tailed godwit, 2 ringed plover, 1 Dunlin ERB
    6 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, 2 Grey wagtail, 20 Dunlin on Astley.
    4 Stonechat Hillside.
    2 Barnacle goose black pipe bay
    Also 3 Hobby, 33 snipe, 3 water rail, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Cetti’s warbler, 1 Red kite

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — September 19, 2022 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  15. 19/9/22 13:10 – 16:40 : Still a few Reed Warblers about; 2 in N Ings reeds, 1 ERB/WRB path & 2-3 in reeds on north side of Lemonroyd.
    A Jay & 2 Buzzard on/over hillside.
    A Cettis showed well in N Ings ditch before post 12.
    5-8 Curlew in long grass of Middle/South Ings.
    1 Green Woodpecker flew over WRB path.
    At least 2 Hobby entertaining all day, best from the ERB/WRB central path.
    The Grey Plover was viewable on ERB but was mobile & tricky to pick out amongst tussocks & it flew off towards main spit around 15:55.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 19, 2022 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  16. c50 Pink footed Geese East over Little Preston, c1250.

    Comment by John Martin — September 19, 2022 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  17. 2 ruff, 12 dunlin and 6 spoonbill astley
    11 beardies, green sand, grey plover, 16 dunlin, blackwit eastern reed bed, 14 pinkfeet over

    Comment by Andy Jowett — September 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  18. This morning – Juvenile Grey Plover on eastern reedbed also Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, and up to 8 Dunlin.
    2cy Med Gull still on Lemonroyd lake along with the Black-necked Grebe and a Greenshank calling around New Sluice early on.
    Still at least 2 Whinchat and 8 Stonechat bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 19, 2022 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  19. Sightings between 9.30am and 3 15pm continued.
    3 Spoonbills on ERB.

    Comment by Mike Chambers — September 18, 2022 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  20. Sightings between 9.30am and 3.15pm.
    Bittern and 2 Ruff on Astley. 3 Common Tern on Lemonroyd. Ringed Plover, 8 Snipe and 4 Dunlin on ERB. Barnacle Goose and 3 Curlew on Main Lake. Whinchat and 3 Stonechat on Hillside.

    Comment by Mike Chambers — September 18, 2022 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  21. The German ringed Cormorant (F676) last seen on 25th April was back at Astley Lake this morning. Also there 13 Dunlins and two Ruff. The Black-necked Grebe was still on Lemonroyd Lake. Skeins of 23 and 80 Pink-footed Geese flew east, with other calling birds heard but not seen over Lemonroyd WWTW. Still plenty of House Martins, a few Sand Martins and Swallows, two Blackcaps and a dozen Chiffchaffs.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 18, 2022 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • On friday afternoon as I approached the grassy bank leading down to the Oxbow, home of the WE Damselfly, a bird flushed right to left across my path. It landed in an adjacent bush by extending its wings and tail to slow it down, giving me a good view of its back. It was about the size of a Wheatear with a fairly long broad rounded tail and rounded wings. It was the colour and pattern that caught my attention. Its tail, rump, back, primaries, secondries and tertials were all a dull rufus brown. Its mantle, head and all coverts were a geyish-brown giving it a very distinct two tone look. After disappearing into the bush it gave several ‘small’ tui tui calls before flying off again from behind the bush. I mentioned this to an eminant birding colleage of mine who suggested a Nightingale. On Xeno-canto the calls of a Nightingale were very similar to the ones I heard. Any suggestions?

      Comment by Mike Pullan — September 18, 2022 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  22. Bittern flew over main spit then in front of the Warren. Pale.

    Comment by Julian — September 17, 2022 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

    • Two were flying around on Astley landing in the reeds in front of the two benches at around 0900. Also several skeins of Pinkfeet, the last at 19:40.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 17, 2022 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  23. A female Merlin was actively hunting over the Ings this morning before dropping down on the Middle Ings out of sight.

    Comment by RobP — September 17, 2022 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

    • Difficult to count the Chats on the ridge and furrow this morning but there were at least 2 Whinchat and 4 Stonechat still

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 17, 2022 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  24. Around lunch time, 1 red kite on the ings, 3 hobbys briefly visited the reedbeds together, 3 kestrels around site, 10+ snipe on ERB, 6 pink footed geese flew north

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 16, 2022 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  25. 16/9/22 07-00 – 09:30 Pretty quiet this morning. Extra to the stuff mentioned below on Astley were 2 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe. Another single Spoonbill on WRB with 4 Snipe over & then down into reedbed. 5 Mistle Thrush on wires opposite entrance to WRCFA.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 16, 2022 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  26. This morning Spotted Redshank middle ings again. Still a minimum of 6 Whinchat and 8 Stonechat on north Ings. Eastern reedbed 3 Dunlin, single Ringed Plover. 2 Common Tern main lake and Whitethroat and Chiffchaff in scrub at bottom of hillside

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 16, 2022 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  27. 13:30-18:00
    6 Spoonbill, 2 Pintail, 3 Ruff, 1 Garganey, 2 Dunlin, 1 common sandpiper on Astley.
    3 golden plover ERB also Marsh harrier flew through.
    4 Common tern (1adult, 1 2cy, 2 juvs) main lake.
    1 Black-necked grebe on lemmonroyd.
    8 Stonechat and at least 4 whinchat at base of hillside.
    Also 7 singing Cetti’s, 17 snipe, 3 Hobby, 1 Little owl, 3 Meadow pipit, 1 Grey wagtail amd several Chiffchaff, House martin, sand martin and swallows

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — September 15, 2022 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  28. A group of a dozen Swallows south over Swillington Park with occasional singles. Hobby was very high and gave them a look before stooping at speed.

    Comment by Julian — September 15, 2022 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  29. 11:00-15:00 4 buzzard and 3 hobby across site,
    ERB: 5 golden plover, 1 ringed plover, 13 snipe flew over
    Hillside: green woodpecker
    Astley: 6 spoonbills

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 15, 2022 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  30. This morning 6 Whinchat and 6 Stonechat on north Ings.
    Four Pink- footed geese over r&f soon departed high North where a skein of around 100 pinkies were flying East, another skein of around 70 birds went high west later in the morning. Ringed Plover on eastern reedbed.
    Four Common terns main lake/Lemonroyd lake consisted of 2 juveniles an adult summer bird and a confusing bird which seemed to be an adult in winter plumage

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 15, 2022 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • The second skein of pinkies went high East not West

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 15, 2022 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

    • The Common Tern which seemed to be in winter plumage must have been a 2cy bird

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 16, 2022 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  31. Main Lake – 3 Common Terns (2 juveniles)
    Lemonroyd – Lake Adult Black-necked Grebe
    Astley – 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Spoonbills

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 14, 2022 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  32. Lemonroyd treatment works 6 pied wagtail, 2 magpie, chiffchaff, 3 coal tit on railway embankment. 6 goldcrest in trees.5 wood pigeon. Blackbird, Robin, blue tits and Chaffinch. Hobby flew through.

    Comment by Pgcoates — September 14, 2022 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  33. 9:45-14:30 ERB: 2 spoonbills, 1 kingfisher, 5 snipe, 1 black-tailed godwit, 2 ringed plovers
    WRB: 6 snipe, 1 buzzard
    Middle ings: 1 sparrowhawk, 1 hobby, 1 buzzard, 1 kestrel
    Hillside: 1 stonechat, 4 whinchats, 4 kestrel

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 14, 2022 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    • + 2 hobby currently over visitor centre

      Comment by Joe Downing — September 14, 2022 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

      • Opposite Caroline spit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 flighty Ringed Plover and 2 very vocal Greenshank.

        Comment by Mike Pullan — September 14, 2022 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  34. Yesterday 5 Red-legged Partridge at the services pond.

    Comment by Julian — September 14, 2022 @ 10:42 am | Reply

    • Grey!

      Comment by Julian — September 14, 2022 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  35. Spotted Flycatcher in willows on Caroline Spit this evening as per JP & MP

    Comment by J Keeble — September 13, 2022 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

    • At Astley 3 Ruff, 3 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 100+ Martins over. 2 Kingfisher past hide.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — September 13, 2022 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

      • Should be just a single Sandpiper.

        Comment by M P — September 13, 2022 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  36. 6 Whinchat on north Ings opposite black seat and a single Stonechat near prison gates.
    Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Swallow still and a Greenshank on ridge&furrow. Ringed Plover on main lake

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 13, 2022 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  37. 9:15-12:45 4 spoons on ERB, 4 bearded tits on main causeway (Lemonroyd reeds side), 1 bittern flew Lemonroyd to main lake, 3 hobby over hillside and middle ings, 4 kestrels together on hillside, 1 peregrine flew east over site, 1 buzzard over dragline, 1 red kite over middle ings

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 13, 2022 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

    • Spoonbills on WRB* not ERB

      Comment by Joe Downing — September 13, 2022 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  38. Yesterday (12/9) 4 whinchat again on and around hillside fence early pm.

    Comment by Brian Needham — September 13, 2022 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  39. Yesterday (11th September) Yellow Wagtail on WRB

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 12, 2022 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  40. A Willow Tit was again along the Western Reedbed path, where Astley Cut turns into The Channel (leading to Lemonroyd Lake). 16 Mistle Thrushes down Fleet Lane, on power lines in the field across from the Football HQ entrance – this used to be a regular autumn gathering place, with up to 40 birds at times. The Black-necked Grebe was still on Lemonroyd Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 12, 2022 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  41. Spotted Redshank on middle ings from Hillside and yesterday’s Med Gull was on Lemonroyd lake this morning. Two Blackwits eastern reedbed with a single Dunlin briefly. Three Ringed Plovers flying around and Common Sandpiper on main lake shore. Bittern in flight going west over Lemonroyd

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 12, 2022 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

  42. 9:45-12:00 4 spoons on ERB, 2 ruff ERB, 5 snipe WRB, 1 sparrowhawk over both reedbeds, 1 hobby over the dragline, 2 kestrels on middle ings

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 12, 2022 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  43. This morning 2cy Med gull new Sluice then in flight from Warren being harassed by BHG. At least 2 Whinchat still bottom of hillside also juv Willow Warbler and Whitethroat here. Ringed Plover and 2 Common sandpiper main lake and single Hobby. Spoonbill on eastern reedbed

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 11, 2022 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • Also Black-necked Grebe, Pintail and Goldeneye on Lemonroyd lake

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 11, 2022 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

    • This p.m. on Astley Lake a bittern flew into reedbed at 13.30; 2 spoonbills at 15.15; 4 ruff; 4 snipe & 2 dunlin. Light e. passage of swallows throughout p.m.

      Comment by Tony O'Neill — September 11, 2022 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

      • Also 9 Black- tailed godwit on Western Reedbed. Left at 14.50 towards the South .

        Comment by Gill. H. — September 11, 2022 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

        • Good numbers of Martin’s over Astley and Swillington Park with Hobby regularly dropping into the shelter of trees to take dragonflies.

          Comment by Julian — September 11, 2022 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

          • 4 Goosander on Lemonroyd this evening.

            Comment by Tony Wood — September 11, 2022 @ 10:17 pm

  44. 10/9/22 13: 30 – 18:30
    Astley held 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 8 Snipe & 8 Ruff.

    WRB held 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff amongst Lapwing flock, 10 Snipe & 1 Spoonbill.

    Main lake shoreline had 5 Curlew & 8 in total were flying around that area later.

    Probably another 10+ Snipe on ERB and 1 Spoonbill.

    End of day a GWE had appeared at East end of Astley.

    2 Green Woodpecker between Astley & Lemonroyd Bridge.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 11, 2022 @ 11:08 am | Reply

  45. 11.30am to 2.15pm today. At least 2 Whinchat on hillside bushes. Up to 4 Hobbies, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine plus 1 very high flying large raptor which nevertheless flushed all the large gulls from the lagoon islands was almost certainly an Osprey. It continued at height towards the south east. (Second hand reports suggest sightings of Osprey about 1 hour earlier low over the river).
    Waders still in short supply with just 2 Dunlin and one Ruff on Astley plus 1 Blackwit on ERB. Snipe still in good numbers on both reedbeds. 1 black necked Grebe on Lemonroyd plus several juvenile Little Grebes showing well in several locations. Only 2 Spoonbills and 3 Little Egrets today.

    Comment by David Musgrove — September 10, 2022 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • 9 Ruff(?) flew in from the east and seemed to land on Astley. A couple of hours later there were at least 3 there.

      Comment by Julian — September 11, 2022 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  46. 14:30-16:00 3 hobby over middle ings, 2 buzzard hillside, 5 spoons ERB

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 10, 2022 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  47. first light this morning

    female marsh harrier over the r&f with another later over wrb brighter bird not as scruffy as the other
    water rail showed well a few times on wrb
    female sparrowhawk over wrb
    green sandpiper on wrb
    spoonbill 3 on erb
    little egret 4
    4-5 chiffchaffs below hillside from vc
    200+ hirundines over towards hillside inculding sand martins
    1 black tailed godwit erb
    3 curlew black pipe bay

    nice to chat to a fellow member but never got his name

    Comment by Darrell Joseph Prest — September 10, 2022 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  48. 10/09 (yesterday) morning, 1 female sparrowhawk, 1 female marsh harrier, 1 red kite, 1 buzzard, 1 hobby, 2 kestrels across ings and reedbeds. 1 curlew flew over hillside north. 5 ringed plovers and 3 spoonbills on ERB, 2 more spoons on Astley.
    No reports of wryneck or black tern by the time I left at noonish.

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 10, 2022 @ 11:48 am | Reply

    • *09/09 (yesterday)

      Comment by Joe Downing — September 10, 2022 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  49. 9/9/22 6:45 – 9:00 Astley held x2 Green Sandpiper, x1 Common Sandpiper, x1 Ruff, x3 Dunlin, c8 Snipe, an adult Water Rail in reeds edge opposite single bench and a Kingfisher flew between 2 islands. More Snipe flew into WRB, about x12. Female Marsh Harrier over reedbeds. x2 Spoonbill on ERB with 1 or 2 other flying around over and towards Astley. 2 Pair of adult Bearded Tits showed well on ERB at 1st bench up from Prison gates.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 9, 2022 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • In addition still Hobby, 2 Whinchat and a Wheatear on the middle Ings.

      Comment by Vaughan — September 9, 2022 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  50. Wryneck still showing at 3pm today for a few glimpses at the same place .. not Elaine the area is called…

    Comment by MAtt — September 8, 2022 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  51. 13:00-15:00 middle ings: 3 hobby, 2 buzzard, 1 female marsh harrier, 1 red kite
    Wryneck still elusively showing on main causeway
    3 spoonbills on ERB
    4+ whinchats
    Black tern still on mainlake/Lemonroyd

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 8, 2022 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  52. 7/9/22 16:15 – 17:15 A quick hour around Astley before the storm held 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 LRP, 12+ Ringed Plover, c12-14 Snipe, c6-7 Dunlin. x2 Buzzard over the lake and 1 Reed Warbler beside single bench.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 7, 2022 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  53. 12:45-16:00
    hillside: 1 red kite, 3 buzzard, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 kestrel, 3+ Whinchat
    at 15:45 a sparrowhawk was diving at a red kite whilst the red kite was diving at the buzzard, interesting to watch
    ERB: 2 hobby, 8 spoonbill
    WRB: 1 kingfisher
    Black tern still on main lake and wryneck showed well for 20mins at 13:45 along the main causeway

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 7, 2022 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  54. Yesterday 6/9, seven juvenile Ringed Plovers flying around the Lagoon Islands on the Main Lake at about 10:40.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 7, 2022 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  55. Wryneck still showing off and on this morning and at one stage viewed feeding on the ground. Curlew Sandpiper on Astley along with 2 Ruff, 7 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover and 2 Blackwits. 2 Swifts over. Black and Common Tern on Main Lake. Hobby on Hillside. 5 Whinchat on fence posts and Osprey flew over heading SE (PGC)

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 7, 2022 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  56. Wryneck still this evening, showing on and off in bushes on the west side (reedbed side) of the path between the Middle Ings and the Eastern Reedbed.

    Comment by Reuben Mew — September 6, 2022 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

    • Nice to see you tonight and pretty chuffed to view my first Swilly Wryneck, looking relaxed in a Willow bush near the middle seat on the ERB side of the track about 7.20pm. Someone mentioned how small that it looked. I looked it up, and it is only 20mm longer than a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and great camouflage, so no wonder that it is hard to locate.

      Comment by Petegriff — September 6, 2022 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  57. August sightings are now on the All 2022 Sightings page- https://sibg1.wordpress.com/bird-sightings/all-2022-sightings/

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 6, 2022 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  58. 9:00-10:45 1 spoon flew west, 3 spoons on ERB, 1 wryneck showing intermittently in East edge bushes of main causeway, definitely 5 (possibly 6) whinchats at bottom of hillside

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 6, 2022 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  59. 13:45-16:30 1 black tern main lake, 1 sparrowhawk south east bank of main lake, 1 buzzard south of main lake, 1 green woodpecker south of WRB,
    WRB: 7 snipe, 2 black-necked grebe, 4 bearded tits,
    And ERB had 5 spoonbills

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 5, 2022 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  60. Bird now on lemonroyd,blacktern not little gull

    Comment by Tony Wood — September 5, 2022 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Black tern still on site, sitting and pruning on Lemonroyd then fishing on main lake

      Comment by Joe Downing — September 5, 2022 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  61. The red-ringed Great White Egret again at Astley Lake, also three Pintail, three Ringed Plover, one Little Ringed Plover, five Dunlins, four Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpiper, one Common Sandpiper. Two Spoonbill and a Green Sandpiper on the Western Reedbed. One Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper on the Main Lake. Black-necked Grebe still on Lemonroyd Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 4, 2022 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  62. 4/9 midday, three whinchat on fence at bottom of hillside; six bearded tits flew from Astley area to eastern reedbed; one hobby hunting near central reedbed path. Large balloon with ‘birthday girl’ on it floated over site.

    Comment by Brian Needham — September 4, 2022 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  63. At around midday there were five Red-legged Partridge in the field between Astley Lane and Old Astley Lane.

    Comment by Andrew Stubbings — September 3, 2022 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  64. 3/9/22 13:30 – 17:00 Later in the afteroon from below Astley held 1 Ruff, 5 Dunlin still, 9 Snipe, 5 Black-Wit & 2 Ringed Plover departed as I arrived. The 2 Green Sandpipers were to be found on WRB along with 1 Spoonbill.

    Single adult Common Tern on Lemonroyd and ERB. Another 9 Spoonbill were on ERB. Single Curlew Black Pipe Bay. The x2 Spotted Redshanks were still on Middle Ings with 1 Greenshank.

    2 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk over Swilly Park. And a nice way to end to the day was watching a 2v2 Kesteral v Hobby WW1 style dogfight over the hillside.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 3, 2022 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    • *edit* x5 LRP on Astley also.

      Comment by Paul Scholes — September 3, 2022 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

    • A couple of hours after you left 4 Ruff roosted on Astley

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 4, 2022 @ 6:49 am | Reply

  65. Astley Lake: Pintail 2, Little Ringed Plover 1, Ringed Plover 3, Dunlin 5, Black-tailed Godwit 10, Greenshank 1, Green Sandpiper 2, Spoonbill 1.
    Middle Ings: Spotted Redshank 2.
    Reedbeds: Marsh Harrier 1 (female with missing primaries), Spoonbill 4 (3 on Eastern Reedbed, one on Western Reedbed), Willow Tit along path on the south edge of the Western Reedbed, Bittern 1 flew off site south over Old Lock.
    Lemonroyd Lake: Black-necked Grebe 1
    Main Lake: Pintail 1, flock of about 20 small waders flew east then west, approximately 10 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover and one Curlew Sandpiper, Bittern 1 flew east.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 3, 2022 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  66. 0730-16:15 89 species.
    1 spotted flycatcher and Treecreeper from the path to the riding stables.
    2 Spotted Redshank middle ings.
    1 Common scoter main lake.
    8 Spoonbill (2 WRB + 6 ERB)
    2 Bearded tit, 7 Wigeon ERB.
    1 Black-necked grebe on lemmonroyd.
    3 Pintail, 2 Ruff, 5 ringed plover, 5 Dunlin, 10 black-tailed godwit on Astley.
    1 Garganey, 1 Common sandpiper New sluice also 1 Great spotted woodpecker flew over to the river.
    1 juv Marsh harrier over the R&F (twice).
    5 whinchat on hillside fencline.
    1 Green woodpecker calling from trees in between balancing res and Astley.
    1 Greenshank calling early AM over Astley.

    Also 1 Peregrine, 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Red kite, 18 snipe, 2 yellow wagtail, 1 Little owl, 1 Bittern, 6 Swift, 2 Jay, 7 Cetti’s warbler, 3 water rail.

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — September 2, 2022 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  67. The two Spotted Redshank on the middle Ings at 07.15 (DAH) went missing most of the morning but reappeared 12.15. Greenshank also.
    Two Garganey at new Sluice and Swift over Warren late morning, 50+ Sand Martins over main lake early on and a few Swallows south . Drake Common Scoter main lake (PRM). At least 5 Spoonbills today and female Marsh Harrier.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 2, 2022 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  68. Two Spotted Redshanks were on the pool on the Middle Ings. A few swifts through this morning with two seen over Astley and another over the outfall. 2 Green Sandpiper (1 Astley Lake & 1ERB) LRP Black Pipe Bay. 2 RP 4 Dunlin Greenshank Astley. Drake Common Scoter on Main Lake (PRM) At least 1 Spotted Flycatcher reported from Fleakingley Bridge Hedge and 2 Pintail reported from Astley.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 2, 2022 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  69. 5.00pm Astley 3 Greenshank 3 Ruff 1 Dunlin 8 Blackwits 1 Ringed Plover
    ERB 3 Spoonbill 1 Golden Plover. Whinchat on fence bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Chris Nickerson — September 1, 2022 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  70. The average departure dates over the last ten years for our common summer migrants are given below.

    Garganey – 18th September
    Little Ringed Plover – 8th September
    Common Sandpiper – 3rd October
    Hobby – 25th September
    Common Tern – 11th September
    Swift – 13th September
    Sand Martin – 1st October
    Swallow – 18th October
    House Martin – 6th October
    Sedge Warbler – 18th September
    Reed Warbler – 5th October
    Lesser Whitethroat – 8th September
    Whitethroat – 18th September
    Blackcap – 5th October
    Chiffchaff – 15th October
    Willow Warbler – 19th September
    Yellow Wagtail – 22nd September

    The dates have already passed for Cuckoo (29th July), Grasshopper Warbler (26th July) and Garden Warbler (21st August). Certainly from mid-September sightings of most species are potentially the last of the year so please keep a note.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 1, 2022 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  71. 13:00-15:45 3 curlew flew west over site, 2 spoons flew west with 3 more spoons on ERB, 1 hobby over ERB, 2 snipes and 1 kingfisher in ERB, 1 female marsh harrier over site, 1 sparrowhawk over lagoon and 1 green woodpecker on the path south of WRB

    Comment by Joe Downing — September 1, 2022 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  72. ERB 2 spoonbill, greenshank, swift, yellow wag, c15 dunlin over
    Lemonroyd Pintail over towards main lake
    WRB pintail over towards main lake (could be same bird as above), 3 bearded tit
    R+F marsh harrier

    Comment by Andy Jowett — September 1, 2022 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  73. Two Whinchat on fence running up the hillside at 4-30 pm.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — August 31, 2022 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  74. Astley Lake this morning – four Little Ringed Plovers, two Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, ten Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers and a White Wagtail. I didn’t see any Spoonbills or Common Terns there or on the rest of the site for the first time in weeks. A Nuthatch on the riverbank between the Outfall and Caroline Bridge was away from the usual haunts.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 31, 2022 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

    • Two Spoonbills Eastern reedbed and another new Sluice this morning

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 31, 2022 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

    • In addition at least 8 Ringed plover seen over the site. A single Whinchat was on the middle Ings and 10 Swifts were over Lemonroyd

      Comment by Vaughan — August 31, 2022 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  75. A group of 25 Wigeon were on the main lake this morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — August 31, 2022 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  76. 14:00-16:00 2 hobby over ERB, 1 sparrowhawk over lagoon, 1 red kite over hillside, 1 buzzard over Astley and another over middle ings

    Comment by Joe Downing — August 31, 2022 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  77. A Tree Pipit flew South over Little Preston 1030 hrs.
    Nine Common Buzzards through between 1000-1100 hrs:
    NE 2
    E 3
    SW 5
    Max in view at any one time four.
    Also a trickle of House Martins and Swallows in about equal numbers.

    Comment by John Martin — August 31, 2022 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  78. Late report from yesterday: 2 Hobby hunting over Swillington Park along the edge of the field by the elm tree on Old Astley Lane.
    Today 2 Spotted Redshank reported from Middle Ings (MB)

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 31, 2022 @ 9:43 am | Reply

    • The 2 Spotted Redshank were on the ERB, from the Middle Ings footpath, at 09:05 today for less than a minute. I was pleased to have anticipated that they might drop in there and then bemused as to why I failed to ID them until viewing the photos at home. My apologies.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — August 31, 2022 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  79. Good numbers of Martin’s over the site all afternoon with the occasional Swallow. 30+Swallow over fields near FA 1700hrs.

    Comment by Julian — August 30, 2022 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  80. Party of seven grey partridge on Trailergate field 12.25 30/8 emerged from long grass, tried to hide in hollows then headed back under cover. Up to six spoonbills Eastern Reedbed.

    Comment by Brian Needham — August 30, 2022 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  81. A colour-ringed (Y/N “TCYC”) Black-headed Gull was seen and photographed on 9/8/22 on the island at the East end of the Main Lake. The information has just come back from the ringer. It was ringed on 9/6/2021, as a pullus, at Jankowo in Poland 1295km from St Aidan’s, 426 days before the sighting.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — August 30, 2022 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  82. Waders on Astley at 1pm today included 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP and around 10 Snipe

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 29, 2022 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

    • Also Greenshank

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 30, 2022 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  83. 14:45-17:30 10 spoonbills on ERB, by the end of my walk 2 on WRB and the rest had gone.
    At least 1 female marsh harrier very active over the reedbeds.
    1 hobby hunting over ERB.
    4 black-tailed godwits flying laps of the reedbeds together.

    Comment by Joe Downing — August 29, 2022 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  84. 12.10 I was stood 20m from main crossroads scanning main lake when a bird caught my eye. It was very close to the path by then, just above the grass and it’s flight was raptor like though a strange colour. As it flew up and over the path it became more gull like, but was clearly a juvenile skua when I got my bins on it. It wasn’t a bonxie, central tail feathers came to a point so it wasn’t a Pomarine leaving Arctic and Long Tailed. I didn’t get the impression of the wings being particularly slender and the bill seemed a bit more substantial than I would have expected for LTS so I put out Arctic. Whilst still in the Arctic camp, the view was very brief and I don’t think I got any positive ID features to discriminate between the two and no photos other than a rear end blur. Right weather and right time of year.

    Comment by Jim+Welford — August 29, 2022 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  85. Time flies! After today’s Spotted Crake being the first for 27 years, here are some other birds long overdue for another appearance. Get out and get looking!

    Not seen for 10 years – Taiga Bean Goose, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Goshawk, Golden Oriole
    Not seen for 11 years – Sabine’s Gull, Pied Flycatcher
    Not seen for 12 years – Grey Phalarope, Guillemot
    Not seen for 13 years – Montagu’s Harrier, Collared Pratincole, Whiskered Tern
    Not seen for 15 years – Spotted Sandpiper, Woodlark
    Not seen for 16 years – Ring-necked Duck
    Not seen for 17 years – Wryneck, Hooded Crow
    Not seen for 18 years – Lesser Scaup, Turtle Dove

    And the biggest blockers

    Not seen for 20 years – Marsh Sandpiper
    Not seen for 23 years – Great Reed Warbler
    Not seen for 24 years – Purple Sandpiper, Nightingale
    Not seen for 25 years – Pied-billed Grebe
    Not seen for 27 years – Eider
    Not seen for 30 years – Ferruginous Duck, Velvet Scoter
    Not seen for 31 years – Ring-billed Gull
    Not seen for 32 years – Black Kite

    Not seen since the formation of the Bird Group (33+ years ago) – Shag, Kentish Plover, Bonaparte’s Gull, Great Skua, Little Auk, Hoopoe, Red-backed Shrike

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 19, 2022 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  86. White letter hairstreak this afternoon Skelton lake , 850 Juv black headed gulls whole reserve count

    Comment by JASON HIGGINS — July 7, 2022 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • Was the WLH on Elm or just wandering? If on Elm, location please.

      Comment by Julian — July 8, 2022 @ 9:27 am | Reply

      • It was just sunning itself on the path from the services around the lake , in the wooded section , how long have they been recorded for ??

        Comment by JASON HIGGINS — July 8, 2022 @ 6:37 pm | Reply


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