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  1. 27/5/22 14:00 – 17:00 Kingfisher up river from hide. Astley lake islands had x1 Redshank, x2 Oystercatcher and later in the day x2 Black-tailed Godwit dropped in (5pm ish); both un-ringed. Main lake shoreline held x2 Redshank, x6 Oystercatcher. Black Pipe Bay held x3 Oystercatcher.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 27, 2022 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

    • x1 Ringed Plover also on main lake shoreline.

      Comment by Paul Scholes — May 27, 2022 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. Excellent views of Osprey this morning. First seen over Fairburn around 10.45, then seen over the VC (JM) before flying along the hillside and over Swillington Park. It returned 15 minutes later over Astley carrying a large fish and after being chased off by the gulls settled onto the south bank of the river 100 yards upstream of the hide giving views down to 20 feet. Last seen flying over Swillington park and appeared to land in the trees there.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — May 27, 2022 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  3. Osprey reported on Rare Bird Alert at 1115 flying towards Swillington Park. Was reported from Fairburn Ings at 1040

    Comment by petegriff — May 27, 2022 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  4. Two Avocets opposite Caroline spit this afternoon and single Dunlin and Blackwit in Black pipe bay

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 26, 2022 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  5. 9.35 cuckoo and peregrine over hillside

    Comment by Matt hawley — May 26, 2022 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  6. A single Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover on Caroline spit at mid day.

    Comment by John Martin — May 23, 2022 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  7. Turnstone in full summer plumage on and opposite Caroline Spit this afternoon along with 3 Ringed Plover and 1 redshank most of the time.
    Pair of Shelducks with 5 very tiny ducklings on Large Island, Astley.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — May 22, 2022 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

    • And a Dunlin on Astley

      Comment by Mike Pullan — May 22, 2022 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  8. Late post Fri 20th, single Lapwing South over Little Preston late afternoon. Return migration underway?

    Comment by John Martin — May 22, 2022 @ 6:16 am | Reply

  9. Spoonbill over West towards swilly Park around 8.15pm last night. 2 Grey and 2 RL partridge visible on the hillside field. Plus around 50 swifts feeding over the hillside.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — May 19, 2022 @ 8:07 am | Reply

  10. Female Ringed Plover, with all black bill, on Caroline Spit this morning. Misidentified by me on WhatsApp as LRP.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 18, 2022 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  11. A pair of Shelduck with seven ducklings on Astley this morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 17, 2022 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  12. Female Whinchat on hiiside fence line and 2cy Little Gull main lake still. No migrant waders seen today.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 17, 2022 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  13. Yesterday 16th, a Jay flew high North over Little Preston around mid day and a Hobby flew low over the village at 1900 hrs. Fledged Long tailed Tits (3) in garden

    Comment by John Martin — May 17, 2022 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  14. 3 turnstone opp c spit
    Whimbrel calling rnf

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — May 16, 2022 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  15. x2 Avocet on Main Lake shore opposite Caroline Spit late morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 16, 2022 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  16. 10 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover opposite Caroline spit early morning with 2cy Little Gull still present. 5 Dunlin on black-pipe bay later could have been part of the earlier group as they appeared to have moved on when I walked back later

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 16, 2022 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  17. 10:30-17:00
    Drake Garganey on cattle gate pond, 1 wood sandpiper opposite Caroline spit also 2 Dunlin and 1 ringed plover, 1 Common sandpiper on Caroline spit, 2cy Little gull spending some time at black pipe bay and Caroline spit. 4 Dunlin, 3 ringed plover, 2 Little ringed plover on Astley, peregrine falcon over Western reedbed and main lake, Spoonbill on South ings at 16:00.

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — May 15, 2022 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  18. Four fledgling Long-tailed Tits, with feeding adults, in a bush in the corner of the ERB closest to Astley yesterday morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 15, 2022 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  19. Glossy ibis flew west with 2 heron over gropper corner towards sluice then lost to view around 8.30pm

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — May 14, 2022 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  20. It’s getting crowded for great crested grebes on Astley Lake, with 8 birds present incl 3 displaying pairs; 9 dunlin today there and I estimated 8 pairs of common terns. Little gull still present on Main Lake and Med gull periodically showing well. Finally, I was wondering if anyone has recently reported a male brambling on site – the reason being this p.m. I heard tree sparrow-like calling and then a smallish finch with bright white rump (not the larger bullfinch) flying away!?!

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — May 14, 2022 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  21. Another wader seen today was an Avocet flying over the Eastern Reedbed towards Astley lake at around 10:30, but not seen to land. There were 7 Ringed Plover on Astley Lake and a Spoonbill was reported from South Ings. Two Med. Gulls again among BH Gulls.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — May 13, 2022 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  22. 13/5/22 15:30 – 16:15 x6 Dunlin, x2 ringed plover, 1 turnstone, x1 sanderling opposite Caroline spit. & x3 Redshank, x1 Ringed plover, x2 oystercatcher in black pipe bay with a red kite over the bay being mobbed by 1 of the oystercatchers.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 13, 2022 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  23. x2 Turnstone present at 11.57 this morning. x1 on Caroline Spit and x1 on small rocky island opposite.

    Comment by Gavin Orr — May 13, 2022 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  24. Sanderling (DIH/SC) on Caroline spit this morning with Turnstone opposite on main lake. 13 Dunlin together in black pipe bay with 5 on Boomerang island Astley lake

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 13, 2022 @ 10:39 am | Reply

    • Some photos on the way.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 13, 2022 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  25. Turnstone still in boack pipe bay
    9 dunlin and ringed plover

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — May 12, 2022 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

    • Turnstone and ringed plover on Astley at 15:20
      Hobby over r + f

      Comment by Andrew Stubbings — May 12, 2022 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

      • Peregrine seen going up river over Caroline Bridge a short time later one was low over boomerang. The Common Sandpiper dived into the water and all but one Ringed Plover of all the waders had gone.

        Comment by Julian — May 12, 2022 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  26. Probable common crane (subject to VAR, need to check pics) circled high over hillside before heading in direction of Balance res 1pm 12/5.

    Comment by Brian Needham — May 12, 2022 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

    • False alarm, good intent. Just a distant cormorant.

      Comment by Brian Needham — May 12, 2022 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  27. Hobby over western reedbed with a flock of Swifts 16.15

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 11, 2022 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  28. highlights of a morning visit today, copied from Birdtrack

    2 Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
    1 Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
    1 Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
    1 Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
    2 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
    2 Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
    1 Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
    1 Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)
    1 Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
    1 Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

    Comment by Peter Newbound — May 11, 2022 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  29. Forgot, one Spoonbill also main bay area of St Aidans.

    Comment by Richard Taylor — May 11, 2022 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  30. 1025 – one Turnstone in Black Pipe Bay, one Common Sandpiper on Caroline Spit, one Little Gull (1st summ) main bay of St. Aidan’s, one, possibly two Arctic Tern, main bay.

    Comment by Richard Taylor — May 11, 2022 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  31. This evening a Spoonbill was n the north shore of the Main Lake.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — May 10, 2022 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  32. Little Gull juv and 2 arctic tern on main lake.
    Hobby over Swillington Park 3pm

    Comment by Martin Taunton — May 10, 2022 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  33. Hobby went into Swillington Park from behind the hillside then went up the valley. At the time this side of the hill was filled with hirrundines and swifts!

    Comment by Julian — May 10, 2022 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  34. Other sightings this morning – 2 arctic terns, 2 ringed plover and 2 Dunlin on Caroline spit. The 2cy little gull still over main lake. Wood sand black pipe bay and common sand astley

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 10, 2022 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  35. Ringing info of Black Tailed Godwit on site Tuesday 3/5/22.

    First rung 13 October 2012 in Kent, a regular on the Oare Marshes with 194 sightings in the next five years. Last seen 4 November 2017. If anyone has a photo the ringing group would appreciate a copy.

    Comment by Jim+Welford — May 10, 2022 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

    • I will send some photos.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 11, 2022 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Could someone let me have details of the ring colour and numbers for the report. Thanks.

      Comment by Paul Morris — May 11, 2022 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

      • Photo emailed Paul.

        Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 11, 2022 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  36. Single whinchat on hillside fence early pm. 10/5.

    Comment by Brian Needham — May 10, 2022 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

    • It, a male, was along the bottom of that field just after 11:00am Brian.
      Also Wood Sandpiper on Black Pipe Bay again.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 10, 2022 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  37. 9/5/22 17:00 – 20:30. pretty quiet tonight. lesser whitethroat just after the warren (towards VC side). x4 Redshank on main lake shoreline. Peregrine swooped down from over hillside to take a lapwing chick off North Ings & return towards Fairburn.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 9, 2022 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  38. 2cy Little Gull on the Main Lake around Caroline Spit this morning. Female Pintail on Main Lake. Wood Sandpiper on Black Pipe Bay at 09:50. Male and female Little Ringed Plover on Large Island in Astley Lake at 10:25 with another wader, possibly a Wood Sandpiper, discovered in the photos later. Ringed Plover on the shore of the Balancing Reservoir.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — May 9, 2022 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  39. A Cattle Egret was on the south shore of the Main Lake opposite Caroline Spit this evening for about 15 minutes before flying away to the east. It was harassed by gulls throughout its brief stay. (Found by ND)
    A Spoonbill was also seen for around 15 minutes (presumably this morning’s bird), also in the same area.The 2CY Little Gull, summer plumaged Dunlin and 3 or 4 Arctic Terns were also on the Main Lake and a Yellow Wagtail flew west.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — May 8, 2022 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  40. Common crane over hillside.

    Comment by Martin taunton — May 7, 2022 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

    • Crane heading back towards main lake.

      Comment by Martin Taunton — May 7, 2022 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  41. 2nd cal year Little Gull still over main lake this morning. Two summer plumage Dunlin in black pipe bay along with 1 Blackwit. No sign of Wood Sand . A singing Lesser Whitethroat near the Warren was showing very well early morning.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 7, 2022 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  42. Whimbrel flew south over warren 19.15

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — May 6, 2022 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  43. This morning 8 Whooper swans flew in from the south east and landed on the eastern reedbed.
    Wood sandpiper still in black pipe bay along with an Avocet. 2nd cal year Little gull main lake and Cuckoos seen on hillside and past the warren

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 6, 2022 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  44. Sub adult little gull black pipe bay 9:45am, common sandpipers caroline spit and astley, LRP on astley before flying off heading west, lesser whitethroat at the Warren, 2 lapwing chicks in the puddle by the prison gates. Little egret flew up river past astley.

    Comment by Craig Kenyon — May 5, 2022 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  45. Yesterday’s Wood sandpiper was present throughout the day on Black Pipe Bay.Grasshopper Warbler reeling on private land from A642 footbridge but not seen. ‘New’ Lesser Whitethroats were in the trees by Shan House and another by cottages on Bullerthorpe Lane.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — May 5, 2022 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

    • Also whimbrel over hillside 8pm
      Male wheatear 7.30pm post 12

      Comment by Bert van der Ven — May 6, 2022 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  46. Cuckoo calling from hillside. Garganey pair on Astley. Red kite, 3 oystercatcher, 2 sedge warblers in Astley area. Little grebe on Astley. Bittern booming on ERB. Buzzard from perimeter path and one willow warbler. Holly blue butterfly at shan house bridge and two roe deer on hillside

    Comment by Mel Rowell — May 5, 2022 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  47. this morning – Sandwich Tern, 6 Arctics over ERB/main lake area, Bitterns booming in both reedbeds, Blackwit in field behind Balancing Res, 10 BNG, decent passage of Swifts

    Comment by Andy Jowett — May 4, 2022 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  48. Sandwich tern sat on lagoon island 09.20 after first being seen by Andy Jowett over reedbeds 08.00.
    Wood sandpiper on black pipe bay 10.00.
    At least 6 Arctic terns over main lake but could have been more after being over reedbeds earlier (AJ)
    6 Ringed plover, 4 Dunlin, 4 common sandpiper and A Black-tailed godwit noted across main lake/black pipe bay area

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 4, 2022 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  49. Two male Garganeys were flying round over Astley Lake chasing a female, all three in turn chased by five male Gadwalls, the Garganeys flew into Swillington Park but returned to Astley Lake a minute or so later, also Little Ringed Plover on Astley. A Ruff was on the north bank of the Main Lake with a female Pintail and still two Goldeneye nearby. A Whimbrel had a brief flight on the South Ings but landed out of view. The Cuckoo again started out in the Hilltop Plantation and ended up across the river at Mickletown Ings.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 3, 2022 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  50. Three Little gulls over main lake this morning, two summer adults and a 1st winter. An adult Kittiwake was on cattle gate pond first thing but couldn’t be relocated. 15 Black-tailed godwit and a Common sandpiper black pipe bay/ lagoon islands.
    Grasshopper warbler reeling from brambles near single bench at Astley but not showing (JW)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 3, 2022 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

    • Still present mid afternoon.

      Comment by Dave Musgrove — May 3, 2022 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

      • Little gulls that is.

        Comment by Dave Musgrove — May 3, 2022 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  51. Cuckoo flew past Caroline Spit approx 8:30 yesterday. (2nd May)

    Comment by Chris Doyle — May 3, 2022 @ 7:39 am | Reply

  52. 2/5/22 16:00 – 18:30 Lots of hirudines around the Astley lake area. 10-15 swift high over the hide and oil depot, 50+ sand martin over Astley lake, casueway and balance reservoir and approx 30+ swallow over balance res. x2 snipe drumming over North Ings. LRP on large island on Astley. Lesser Whitethroat still showing at fleet lane car park.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — May 2, 2022 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  53. 10:00-17:30 79 speices
    Adult Kittiwake flew west over main lake at 10:44, 12 arctic tern (10 main lake, 2 Astley), 2 Garganey Astley and 1 Little ringed plover, 1 Lesser whitethroat Astley car park, bar-tailed godwit middle ings, male whinchat hillside, wood sandpiper flew over sluice heading towards mickletown ings at 17:07.
    Also 2 Swift, 1 Great white egret, 4 black-tailed godwit, 1 ringed plover, 1 snipe, 2 Wigeon

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — May 2, 2022 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  54. 0600-1000

    3 avocets on main lake lagoon
    1 ad summer bar tailed godwit on north ings
    3 black tailed godwits black pipe bay
    1 wheatear middle ings
    little owl on wood pile
    2 arctic terns main lake
    1 wood sandpiper and 2 greenshanks flew from main lake towards mickletown

    Comment by darrell j prest — May 2, 2022 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  55. Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing this morning in field south of Bridge Farm hotel, Woodlesford.
    View from metal gate on south side of Bullerthorpe Lane immediately south of hotel. Bird was on the fence.

    Comment by Reuben Mew — May 2, 2022 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  56. 11:00-1800
    1 wood sandpiper on Caroline spit then later on Astley, 5+ Little ringed plover (Caroline spit and Astley), 1 bar-tailed godwit black pipe bay, 1 Dunlin south ings, 7 Swift various places, 1 Lesser whitethroat fleet lane car park, 6 arctic tern (5 main bay 1 Astley), grasshopper warbler reeling at the far side of balancing res and a cattle egret on the bulge. (Brilliant find by Mike)
    Also 5/6 ringed plover, 2 Common sandpiper, 7 black-tailed godwit, 1 Jay.

    Comment by Joe Eckersley — May 1, 2022 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

    • There were also 2LRP on Caroline Spit at dusk, Avocet briefly on Astley late afternoon, 2 Yellow Wagtails over the Cattle Gate, Single Egyptian Goose R&F.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — May 1, 2022 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  57. Cattle Egret on main bay towards the bulge from Caroline Spit.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — May 1, 2022 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  58. Summer plumage male bar-tailed godwit in black pipe bay this morning.
    Several swifts feeding over the reedbeds/hillside and 5 or 6 arctic terns on Caroline spit and over main lake. Yellow and white wagtails on ridge & furrow. Bittern flew west from Caroline pond area early on

    Comment by Dave Hunton — May 1, 2022 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  59. 4m1f Yellow Wagtail around the cattle late afternoon. Arctic tern on Caroline spit a couple of times and also on the wing.

    Comment by Julian — April 30, 2022 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  60. Couple of Yellow wagtails opposite Caroline spit on the waters edge around 16.30. Bittern flew from ERB near balance res, put the gulls up briefly and then appeared to drop back in near the path between the two reed beds around 17.20

    Comment by Rob D — April 30, 2022 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  61. Whimbrel appeared on edge of main lake opposite Caroline Spit at 4.35pm. Not sure if this was the same bird as reported earlier near prison gates?

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — April 30, 2022 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  62. Lesser Whitethroat still at the depot car park. Garden Warbler singing at the bottom of the hillside and female Wheatear at the prison gates.

    Comment by Vaughan — April 30, 2022 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  63. Latest Tweet.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — December 31, 2021 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  64. I am now on with writing the 2021 report and will be posting requests for information from time to time. Having missed the first three months of the year I do not have my own records to look back on and am reliant on those able to visit during the lockdown. I understand there was a reasonable flock of Fieldfares on the hillside for a time but have no records for that. I also have very few reports of Redwings (maximum 35), Redpolls (maximum 30) or Siskins (maximum just eight). Also hardly any counts of gulls from the roost. If anyone can supply details for any of these species please send them to me.
    If anyone saw the Red-breasted Merganser reported on 9th October could you let me know if it was a male or female. Thanks.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 31, 2021 @ 11:40 am | Reply

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