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  1. 10 + Pinkfoot just visible opposite Caroline bridge in the rushes, Juv Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and a Snipe on the reshaped Caroline Spit. 13 Blackwit, 8 Dunlin and 3 Ruff on the ERB. 4 Ruff on the Lagoon ( MP, JP).

    Comment by Mike Pullan — September 22, 2021 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

    • 4 waders SW over Caroline viewpoint, from the pyoowee call and flight grouping possibly more Grey Plover.

      Comment by Julian — September 22, 2021 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

    • Also 3 ruff on Astley -also there yesterday and 5 on ERB this morning. Single Pintail Astley. 5 Stonechat on hillside. Hobby over Reedbeds and Marsh Harrier and Peregrine r&f. BNG and 2 Pintail WRB.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 22, 2021 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  2. Adult snow goose with 3 grey lag cross young seen from the hide. Picture sent to gallery. Otherwise fairly quiet in the afternoon, 2 hobbies catching dragonflies, 3 ruff, 2 btg and 5 dunlin on erb and just 2 ringed plovers on cattlegate pond.

    Comment by Roger Hackney — September 21, 2021 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

    • I saw what must have been the same geese on the balance reservoir today and put the white one down as down as farmward type and the others as hybrids, not that I’m an expert, I hasten to add.

      Comment by Brian Needham — September 22, 2021 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  3. Late raptor news from 20/09/21
    8x Common buzzard, 2x Red kite, only 1 Kestrel & still at least 2x Hobby

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 21, 2021 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  4. This morning, the Grey Plover was on the Cattle Gate pond. The ERB held a Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 2 Black tailed Godwits and 2 Snipe along with 4 Spoonbill and a Hobby over

    Comment by Gary Vause — September 21, 2021 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Also a Peregrine over the ERB and a Jay flew over the North Ings.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 21, 2021 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  5. Seven Ruff on Lagoon this evening and another on ERB. Grey Plover on Cattle Gate Pond again.

    Comment by RobP — September 20, 2021 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  6. Highlights so far today include Bittern, Little Stint, 5 Dunlin, 4 Spoonbill, Black-tailed Godwit and numerous Bearded Tits on Eastern Reedbed; Black-necked Grebe (adult) on Western Reedbed: 3 Ruff Astley + another on Lagoon; Grey Plover Caroline Spit; and 8 Pinkfeet over reedbeds and off to the East at 09:30 and a further 19 over Little Preston at 14:30. Whinchat and Stonechat North Ings

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 20, 2021 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  7. Due to a Peregrine hunting around the reedbeds this morning waders were mobile, with the juv. Grey Plover moving around the ERB and onto Black Pipe Bay. On hearing a Grey Plover call I expected to see the juv. in flight but suddenly multiple birds were calling, with eight flying over the WRB heading south west. Also this morning a juv. Sedge Warbler was moving along edge of ERB.
    This evening the Grey Plover had returned to the Cattle Gate Pond. Nine Dunlins and two Ruff were on ERB, along with the Little Stint and twelve sleeping Spoonbills. Two more Dunlins and another Ruff on the Lagoon. Great Egret went east from WRB.

    Comment by RobP — September 19, 2021 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

    • Green Sandpiper also on ERB.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — September 20, 2021 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  8. This mornings Osprey was ringed, but not colour ringed (photos via Facebook on this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/436773883086388/permalink/4249356955161376/ ) the same bird went south over Anglers Country Park at 10.14, approx 30 minutes after being over the eastern reedbed

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 18, 2021 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  9. Of interest this evening were ten Greenshanks which flew from The Lagoon, circled Lemonroyd and headed south. Elsewhere, Little Stint still on ERB, Spotted Redshank flew to the pond with no name along with a Greenshank. The juv. Grey Plover returned to the Cattle Gate Pond late on, having been reported opposite Caroline Spit earlier.

    Comment by RobP — September 18, 2021 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  10. Morning highlights included Little Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, juv Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank, 3+Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, several Water Rail, Bittern showing in the open, 6 Pintail and several parties of Bearded Tits. Also 8 species of raptor including Peregrine mobbing an Osprey plus 2 Hobby.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 18, 2021 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  11. osprey over erb towards main lake just before 10 managed to get a local birder on it before it was lost to view never caught his name nice guy,
    kingfisher on r&f
    beared tit female on erb
    green woodpecker 1 erb
    spoonbill 6
    little egret 5
    sparrowhawk 1 juv male
    ruff erb
    snipe 15+ various sites
    spotted redshank
    grey plover 1
    dunlin 3
    little stint 1

    Comment by darrell prest — September 18, 2021 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  12. 2 pec sand

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — September 17, 2021 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  13. Pec sand erb 18.30

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — September 17, 2021 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  14. Around 11:00 there were two Buzzards, two Hobbies and a Sparrowhawk over the Hillside. Just before this a Kestrel was hunting on North Ings close to the path and a dark Marsh Harrier was over the Main Lake/South Ings. The Hobbies were very active throughout the morning, with a maximum of three seen together at around 13:00.

    Various waders were reported around the site, but I only saw Snipe on the Cattlegate Pond at 10:00, then four Dunlin, one Little Stint and one Ruff feeding amongst the Lapwings on the Eastern Reedbed, from the path opposite South Ings.

    Comment by Philip Walton — September 17, 2021 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  15. Calling Greenshank landed on cattle gate pond. The area around the trailergate had a Wheatear, Stonechat and 2 or 3 Whinchat.

    Comment by Julian — September 16, 2021 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  16. Siskin calling over Little Preston earl afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — September 16, 2021 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  17. This mornings juvenile Pectoral sandpiper is the 12th record for the site, the first record of this species was on the 29th July 1992.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 16, 2021 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  18. Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper flew onto Eastern reedbed mud with 2 Snipe at 09.30 this morning. It joined the Lapwing flock with single Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, and 2 Dunlin.
    Little Stint was on Large Island Astley and Rob Parsons had 2 Grey Plover over going West earlier. Single Ringed Plover on Cattle gate pond.
    A minimum of seven Spoonbills across the site, 2 Pintail on Western reedbed and 2 Hobby chasing Dragonflies.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 16, 2021 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

    • Sanderling on Astley early morning RP.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 16, 2021 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

    • Also Sanderling Astley (RP)

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 16, 2021 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  19. A good day for raptors yesterday, as I arrived late morning, two Buzzards were over Swilly Park, shortly after 7 were over the Crossroad of which drifted South and towards mid day 3 Buzzards drifted West across the Hillside.. At least two Hobbys were hawking high over the reed beds. .
    There was a light Southerly passage of hirundines mainly Swallows.

    Comment by John Martin — September 16, 2021 @ 6:48 am | Reply

    • M.B had 16 Buzzards mid morning yesterday, also a party of 10 Pintails dropped in on Astley joining the other 5 that were dotted around the site.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 16, 2021 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  20. The ringing info for the recent Great Egret with a red ring and AAU on white are as follows.
    Ringed as a nestling 23/04/2021 at an undisclosed site in Somerset.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 15, 2021 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  21. Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper on ERB this morning.

    Comment by RobP — September 15, 2021 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  22. Quick walk tonight to see if the weather had brought anything in. Fourteen Dunlins and two Ruff on ERB. Common Tern on Lemonroyd. Two more Dunlins on Cattle Gate Pond.

    Comment by RobP — September 14, 2021 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  23. A Cattle Egret was sat on one of the Tern posts on Lemonroyd Lake first thing before flying South East, with an adult and juv. Sandwich Tern on the next set of posts along. Three Blackwits, a Ruff and Green Sandpiper on ERB. Eleven Little Egrets together on WRB along with a Great Egret. Two Dunlins went south east over The Warren. Single Ringed Plover on Cattle Gate Pond and a Greenshank on Middle Ings. Juv. Marsh Harrier also still present over South Ings.

    Comment by RobP — September 14, 2021 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

    • With the 4 Whinchats reported earlier on the North Ings were 2 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats. Stonechat also reported last night by JB.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 14, 2021 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  24. Early this morning. 3 spoonbill on cattle gate pond. Blackwit ERB + 7 snipe over head. 2 sandwich tern Lemonroyd. Wheatear on hay bale at the bottom of the hillside. 4 whinchat N Ings. Little owl in dragline compound.

    Comment by David Higgins — September 14, 2021 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  25. Could someone let me know where to find the cattle gate pond? I’ve looked on the site map but can’t see it. Many thanks!

    Comment by David Higgins — September 13, 2021 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

    • Cattle gate pond is on the right of bowers,where they’ve dropped the water level to expose the mud

      Comment by Adrian Nicholson — September 13, 2021 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

      • Great: thank you.

        Comment by David Higgins — September 13, 2021 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

        • Is it the one shown as ‘Pond with No Name’ on the Local Site Names map?

          Comment by Adrian Rowe — September 14, 2021 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  26. Two ruff flew into cattle gate ponds for a short visit. Several snipe feeding and flying over, hobby with dragonfly in claws flew over crossroads. Returned to cattlegate ponds to find 3 spoonbills, one young pestering parents for food, and 2 ringed plovers.

    Comment by Roger Hackney — September 13, 2021 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  27. Two Whinchats on North Ings. Wheatear at Prison Gates. Three Blackwits, a Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper and seven Spoonbills on ERB. A Raven flew over the landfill site. Two Sparrowhawks high over WRB, along with two Hobbies and a Peregrine over r+f. Two Ringed Plovers on Cattle Gate Pond. At least fifteen Little Egrets early morning, viewed from the vismig bench, ten of which were together on the WRB. Only passage in the hour I was there was around twenty Mipits and two Yellow Wagtails.

    Comment by RobP — September 12, 2021 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • There was also an adult Black-necked Grebe on the Western Reedbed and a juvenile at Skelton. A visitor showed me a video that he had taken of a Roesel’s Bush Cricket on the path leading up to Old Astley Lane.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 12, 2021 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

      • Photo in the gallery

        Comment by Dave Hunton — September 12, 2021 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  28. Five Mute Swans South over Little Preston just after 0700 hrs (along with a Jay yesterday) takes the garden year list to 74.

    Comment by John Martin — September 12, 2021 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  29. Five Whinchats on North Ings early morning. Two Wheatears at Prison Gates. Tree Pipit went south over hillside. Two Green Sandpipers, two Blackwits and a very obliging Water Rail on ERB. Two Dunlins on Astley. Seven Ring-necked Parakeets went east with one returning later over The Warren. Greenshank at Phalarope pool. Juv. Marsh Harrier over r+f. Little Stint still present on Cattle Gate Pond with two Ringed Plovers. Wood Sandpiper on North Ings.

    Comment by RobP — September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  30. Little Stint, 2 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin on the cattle gate pond. Greenshank, Blackwit and juv Marsh Harrier on the middle Ings.
    Eastern reedbed held 9 Spoonbills, Blackwit and 2 Green Sandpiper.
    Whinchat and Wheatear on the hay bales at the bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Vaughan — September 9, 2021 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  31. A very vocal Wood Sandpiper dropped onto VC scrape late evening. Whinchat at bottom of hillside. Eight Spoonbills flew over site high from west, whilst at least seven birds were still around R+F. Hobby chasing bats around dragline after sunset.

    Comment by RobP — September 8, 2021 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  32. In addition to sightings already mentioned, whinchat on north Ings flying over to hillside. Common blue butterfly near trailer gate

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — September 8, 2021 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  33. A few Holly Blue Ninevah Lane in hedge opp.
    Ponderosa kennels

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — September 8, 2021 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  34. Spotted flycatcher sw lowther 50m east of green barrier

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — September 8, 2021 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  35. I’d hoped the early misty conditions might have dropped in a duck or wader, but I’d have preferred something less exotic than the plastic fantastic female Cape Shelduck with Greylags across from Caroline Spit. Elsewhere nine Spoonbills and two Black-tailed Godwits on the Eastern Reedbed, three Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Pond, a juvenile Black-necked Grebe in Black Pipe Bay and the female Marsh Harrier with missing primaries over the South Ings.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 8, 2021 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • Also early AM, Green Sandpiper on ERB. Greenshank on Astley and a Bittern on north edge. Juvenile Marsh Harrier asleep on South Ings. A single Ruff and two Dunlins on main lake. Little Stint asleep on Cattle Gate Pond when I left. A single Swift went past The Warren.

      Comment by RobP — September 8, 2021 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  36. 8th Sept 6.30 – 8.15 am. very misty and quiet early. x3 Ringed Pover and x1 Spoonbill on Cattlegate Pond. x6 Snipe circling up & over North & Middle Ings. ERb had x6 Spoonbill and x3 Dunling amongst lapwings. had a look for Whinchat below hillside and Redstart further up around the hillside bend but no sightings in my time there.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 8, 2021 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  37. Juvenile Little Gull over Cattlegate pond/ Bowers lake 08.45 this morning but soon moved on. Greenshank on North Ings

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 7, 2021 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

  38. At least 6 whinchat at bottom corner of trailer gate field.

    Comment by MartinTaunton — September 7, 2021 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  39. Little Stint and 2 Ringed Plovers at the cattle gate. Greenshank and Black t Godwit on the main lake.
    At least 9 Spoonbills on the east reed bed with single Black t Godwit and Green Sandpiper.
    A Hobby was over the Warren and 33 Stock Doves were on the hillside,

    Comment by Vaughan — September 7, 2021 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  40. 2and a half hours looking upwards for raptors this morning only resulted in 5 common buzzard over hillside, 2 sparrowhawk over hillside, 2 kestrels on the hillside, and 2 juvenile Hobby originally over the hillside then onto ridge & furrow

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 7, 2021 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  41. Willow Tit heard from ‘Ski jump’ seats at Astley spillway at 1100 Monday, also Hobby high over Ridge and Furrow.

    Comment by petegriff — September 7, 2021 @ 1:39 am | Reply

  42. Male Redstart still present at dusk on north side of the hedge, top of trailer gate field, Swilly park end.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 6, 2021 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  43. Spotted Flycatcher, briefly on diagonal path between front and back of hillside lunchtime.

    Comment by J Keeble — September 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  44. A Grey Plover was on Black Pipe Bay briefly this morning before flying onto the main lake shore but wasn’t relocated when I left, four Dunlins also there. Four Ringed Plovers on Cattle Gate Pond, with two Spoonbills. A Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Blackwit were on ERB, where the juvenile Marsh Harrier was perched low to the water. A Sanderling was with a Wood Sandpiper on Large Island, Astley. Six Yellow Wagtails were flushed from ERB by a Sparrowhawk. Female Marsh Harrier over South Ings.

    Comment by RobP — September 6, 2021 @ 11:30 am | Reply

    • Also juvenile Spotted Redshank on Cattle gate pond early afternoon (SC) and the Redstart still on hillside (GYL)

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 6, 2021 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

    • Also a Greenshank on the Cattlegate Pond briefly at about 09:00.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 6, 2021 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  45. 5th Sept 12-16:00. 3 hobby, 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kesterel, 1 Red Kite. Juve Black Tern on ERB among lapwing, in same area 6 spoonbill. Also 12 Blackwit in 2 areas on ERB, 1 Greenshank, 1 snipe & 2 Ruff also. 4 Ruinged Plover on Cattlegate at 15.30 ish.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 6, 2021 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  46. another nice visit

    little stint with 4 dunlins in flight over bowers lake on arival
    3 ringed plovers cattlegate
    1 greenshank landed briefly on cattlegate before heading east but returned briefly
    a few snipe in flight over r and f
    1 curlew
    dark female marsh harrier over middle ings
    wheatear female on hay bale
    green woodpecker hillside
    spoonbill in my 3 hours this morning i recorded 2 cattle gate , 3 middle ings, 2 eastern reedbed, 1 over bowers heading east, 1 over main lake
    little egret 7

    Comment by darrell prest — September 5, 2021 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  47. 87 Mute Swans at Skelton Lake this morning is the largest count from a single site – 100+ have been noted across the waters from Skelton Lake to Lowther Lake previously. Unexpected bird of the day was a Nuthatch in the south-west corner of Lowther Lake, well away from typical habitat.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 5, 2021 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

    • I had a Nuthatch round the back of ox bow on the 6th May this year.

      Comment by Pgc — September 5, 2021 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  48. Late ID from Friday 3/9/21 – 1cy Caspian Gull on the Cattlegate Pond for a few minutes around noon.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 5, 2021 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  49. Juvenile black tern with lapwing on erb

    Comment by Matthew Harrison — September 5, 2021 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  50. Ten Spoonbills at first light. Peregrine over r+f. Male Redstart mobile along hawthorns in fields before Swilly Park. Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Ruff and eight Black-tailed Godwits ERB. Four Hobbies over Astley and a Little Stint there. Wheatear on hay bales. Four Whinchats and a Yellow Wagtail on the rough grassland adjacent to hillside.

    Comment by RobP — September 5, 2021 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  51. Whinchat photographed this afternoon, on hay bales. 2 reported there, but only one photographed (via Facebook)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/436773883086388/permalink/4206299579467114/

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 4, 2021 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

  52. 2 Little Stint and 3 Ringed Plover on Cattlegate. 7 Ruff, 5 Blackwits, 1 Snipe and a fly through juv Marsh Harrier on eastern reedbed. 1 Wheatear on straw bales.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — September 4, 2021 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  53. 1 Little stint still on cattle gate pond with 3 ringed plover

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 4, 2021 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  54. There will be some disturbance on the wet grassland in the coming days as we have an exciting bit of kit re-profiling some of the furrows and wet features. All being well will be working from Sunday to Thursday mainly on south Ings, also north Ings in time permits.
    Short video including the spoil spreader here:

    Comment by John Ingham — September 4, 2021 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  55. Three Little Stints on the Middle Ings, probably only viewable from a distance from up on the hillside. Also one Dunlin, six Ringed Plovers, at least 13 Black-tailed Godwits spread about and a Ruff on the Eastern Reedbed. Two Pintail on the Main Lake (DIH) with singles on the Eastern Reedbed and Middle Ings. Two Spoonbills on the Cattle Gate Pond. A Yellow Wagtail flew over the hillside.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 3, 2021 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

    • I’ll raise you two Dunlins, three Spoonbills – on the Cattlegate Pond.

      Comment by Philip Walton — September 3, 2021 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  56. 0600 yesterday Cattle gate held; Spoonbill 1, Dunlin 2, Little Stint 1 juv, Ringed Plover 7 and Black tailed Godwit 7.

    Comment by John Martin — September 3, 2021 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  57. Little Stint still present cattle gate pond this afternoon. 10 Black tailed Godwit r and f, Spoonbill r and f and erb. 2 Hobby over r and f, Greenshank calling over r and f, 30 Swallow over hillside. Curlew Sand reported on cattle gate pond but not seen by me. Bearded tits calling erb.

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — September 2, 2021 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

    • Looked to me after checking photos as if today’s curlew sand report was in fact a juvenile dunlin accompanying the little stint, Paul.

      Comment by Brian Needham — September 2, 2021 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

    • Also two Hobby over R&F around 4pm

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 2, 2021 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  58. Little Stint with 2 Dunlin and at least 4 Ringed Plover on the Cattlegate pond early afternoon today. Also 2 Black-tailed Godwit. 2 Grey Partridge in the hillside field. Juvenile Marsh Harrier high over the ERB. 3 Blacktailed Godwit on the ERB.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 1, 2021 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  59. Marsh Harrier ( juv prob M) came in from South over Shann House Bridge late morning and followed the river East.. Spoonbill, 3 on Eastern Reed bed were joined by a further 3 about mid day. 3 Black tailed Godwits also came into ERB, may have been additional to PW’s earlier 9.
    Also Water Rail and Bearded Tits calling ERB

    Comment by John Martin — September 1, 2021 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  60. 7 Ringed Plover, a single Dunlin and 2 Black-tailed Godwit on Cattlegate pond mid-morning today. 7 Dunlin on the ERB from the R&F path – I checked the photos and they were all Dunlin.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — August 31, 2021 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

    • 12 Snipe on Astley, at least another 15 seen in flight over reedbeds and a group of 30 plus House Martins east to west through the site.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — September 1, 2021 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  61. Juvenile Marsh harrier (probably male) over ridge & furrow then gained height over the hillside and lost sight of it.
    1 hobby over middle Ings.
    1 peregrine over middle Ings then perched on hillside
    2 red kite over from great preston, 2 common buzzard. Kestrel & Sparrowhawk completed the raptor-fest just after lunchtime.

    Only 4 ringed plover & 2 black-tailed Godwit on cattlegate pond

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 31, 2021 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  62. The Little Gull was a first winter bird but had disappeared by the time I looked up from texting the news out. Certainly one Greenshank was calling quite regularly from the Ridge and Furrow, heard at various points around the site. A neat juvenile Marsh Harrier was over the South Ings, presumably different to the earlier female. Two Wigeons at Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 30, 2021 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • 4 Wigeon together on North Ings also

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 30, 2021 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  63. Little Stint on Cattle-gate pond briefly early morning before flying into r&f and apparently returning late morning.
    Up to 12 Blackwits were mobile over r&f.
    3 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin also on r&f.
    Little Gull on main lake (PRM) and a second hand unconfirmed report of a Merlin on site from a visitor

    Comment by Dave Hunton — August 30, 2021 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  64. yellow wagtail flew sw over wrb/lemonroyd calling, green woodpecker near lemonroyd bridge,female marsh harrier north over main lake,2 spoonbills erb , grey plover calling heading high over hillside,5 snipe, 1 curlew, 2 dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 10+ black tailed godwits over erb, little egrets 7

    great morning

    Comment by darrell j prest — August 30, 2021 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

    • also 4 swifts over the hide at 8

      Comment by darrell j prest — August 30, 2021 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

  65. Info back on the colour ringed Black Headed Gull from the 17/08/21

    Ringed as a 1CY on 24/08/2011 in Oslo, Norway. Only one previous record out of Norway was from France in November 2015 & this bird hasn’t been recorded since 28/04/2018 when it was Buskerud, Norway.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 30, 2021 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  66. 2 Hobby hunting over Ridge and Furrow, catching and eating dragonflies on the wing. Curlew Sandpiper with 5 Dunlin still on Cattle gate Pond from this morning. 8 black tailed Godwit dropped in at 1pm.

    Comment by petegriff — August 29, 2021 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

    • Also single Garganey on Eastern reedbed and juv.Black-necked Grebe still on Lemonroyd lake

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 29, 2021 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

      • 9 Spoonbills on Eastern Readbed.

        Comment by Mike Pullan — August 29, 2021 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

    • 2 hobby -one looked like a juvenile – were giving great views yesterday from Bowers path.

      Comment by Brian Needham — August 30, 2021 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  67. Hobby over eastern reedbed at approx 10am. (Full list of sightings during walk here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S93845561)

    Comment by Ewan McKechnie — August 28, 2021 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  68. Black-tailed Godwit numbers increased after a low flying helicopter went over flushing the 4 that were showing well on cattlegate pond, 8 flew over together & went back onto middle Ings.
    At least 3 Hobby’s constantly hunting over middle ings

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 28, 2021 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  69. A Little Stint was with two Dunlins on the Cattle Gate Pond this morning, also four Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper there with six Black-tailed Godwits on the North Ings. Five Spoonbills and a couple of Little Egrets on the Eastern Reedbed. Several sightings of Hobby, with a female Marsh Harrier, Red Kite and four Buzzards. Small birds still at a premium, although MB had a female-type Redstart at Lowther Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 28, 2021 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  70. I took a photo of a Little Egret in flight at RSPB St Aidan’s Leeds on 24/8/21. It had a blue ring on its left tibia “HV”. The details back on it are “HV was ringed as a juvenile in the Lower Derwent Valley, at Wheldrake Ings on the 23rd July this year, and yours is the first sighting since it was ringed.”

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — August 27, 2021 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  71. Afternoon shift Single Ruff on middle ings, 2 Greenshank on ERB with 3 Spoonbill and single snipe, 5 Black tailed godwits flying over R & F. 6 Pintail picked up by AR flew through WRB towards Astley lake and disappeared out of sight due to the high vegetation on site Sparrowhawk on ERB with 2 Ring plover. 5 House Martin over causeway on main lake.

    Comment by Pgc — August 26, 2021 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

    • Also 3 turnstone on main lake opposite caroline bridge 15.45pm. yesterday.

      Comment by Pgc — August 27, 2021 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  72. Juv cuckoo on south ings yesterday then flew on to lagoon island on main lake 14.30pm.

    Comment by Pgc — August 26, 2021 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  73. 26/8/21 6.30-8.30. pretty quiet early. x1 spoonbill on cattlegate pond, which flew over R&F & down into ERB. little later 2 spoonbill in air together over ERB while another was feeding in this area also. possible 3-4 on site in total. no waders seen on cattlegate or ERB. x1 ruff and x1 ringed plover on North/Middle Ings very distant. a total of 7 snipe up and around R&F and over ERB & WRB in 2 seperate groups. 2 kestrel and 1 red kite over hillside. 30-40 house martin over crossroads. little owl in crane compound, with green woodpecker behind metal fencing and 50+ goldfinch flitting about the area.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — August 26, 2021 @ 9:18 am | Reply

  74. Hobby over garden in Little Preston early afternoon, hawking for several minuets.

    Comment by John Martin — August 25, 2021 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  75. Spotted flycatcher oxbow by sw corner of lowther lake 4pm

    Comment by Bert van der Ven — August 25, 2021 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  76. 2 Garganey on the eastern reed bed and 4 Spoonbills. Waders seen at the cattle gate included 3 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed and a Ringed Plover.
    An adult Hobby was hunting over the wet grassland and 3 Grey Partridges were on the hillside.

    Comment by Vaughan — August 25, 2021 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  77. 11 Garganey reported this morning. 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Ringed Plover on Cattle Gate Pond, Wood Sandpiper on North Ings, 5 Spoonbill across the site, juvenile Marsh Harrier and 2 (possibly 3) adult Hobby Reedbeds and wet grassland. There was also a report that there may have been a pair of adult Hobby with a juvenile.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 24, 2021 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

    • One hobby of two seen flying together from Cattlegate pond appeared smaller and slightly more brown.

      Comment by Brian Needham — August 24, 2021 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  78. Good wader evening at North Ings and Cattle Gate Pond, Wood Sand, Greenshank, 2 Blackwits, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 pairs of Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2ad 2juv Spoonbill. Top highlight were 9 RN Parakeets following the river towards Swilly Park at 7.30 pm

    Comment by petegriff — August 23, 2021 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  79. Late news from Friday 20th – a Spotted Flycatcher was by the old Lemonroyd Lock (identification confirmed from photographs).

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 23, 2021 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  80. Wood Sandpiper on North Ings this morning along with two Ruff, 2 Blackwits, Ringed Plover and Green Sandpiper.
    The apple tree in the dragline compound held Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat early morning.
    No sign of any terns today but at least 3 Spoonbills and Hobby again over reedbeds.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — August 23, 2021 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

    • Two Hobby late morning over R+F..
      This afternoon a Hobby was over Little Preston.

      Comment by John Martin — August 23, 2021 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

    • Also Wheatear and 3 Grey Partridge on hillside

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 24, 2021 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  81. Male Redstart on private land off Old Astley Lane, the bird is in the hedge that runs up along the rubble track from the metal gates with the red Private Land sign, view only from metal gates . The bird is with a few House Sparrows, Chaffinch also Robin which keep dropping down onto the track.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — August 23, 2021 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  82. 1 turnstone in flight with 8 common snipe over middle Ings.
    2 peregrines high over Bowers

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 22, 2021 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  83. Three Black Terns were reported on “BirdGuides” as seen 1345 hrs, there was then some confusion as the report was reported as erroneous.
    Three Black Terns were confirmed on Astley Lake at 1500 hrs and still present at 1600 hrs. JM

    Comment by John Martin — August 22, 2021 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  84. This morning there were 6 Spoonbill and 6 Garganey on Eastern Reedbed. After flying around the site several times a Spotted Redshank eventually settled on the Eastern Reedbed (MB). A juvenile Black-necked Grebe was on Lemonroyd Lake for the fourth day. A Hobby was over the Reedbed (JB). A Greenshank was reported flying over. Yesterday there was a Turtle Dave reported.
    Fairburn has had both Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart today so worth checking any wooded or scrubby areas.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 22, 2021 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • Eight Spoonbills in total, with two well hidden birds on Middle Ings early morning, in addition to the six on ERB. A Ruff was on the Cattle Gate Pond. Two Ringed Plover on Middle Ings, also two Green Sandpipers there (DIH). A Ruff and Reeve were on ERB, where the Greenshank flew from towards Astley. Another Green Sandpiper was on the hidden pool near the s-bend. Two Blackwits on Astley. Nine Ring-knecked Parakeets flew SE over Methley Copse.

      Comment by RobP — August 22, 2021 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  85. Two Wood Sandpipers on the Cattle Gate Pond, also a juvenile Spoonbill (with an adult and juvenile flying over to the Middle Ings) and a Yellow Wagtail flying east. Elsewhere three each of Oystercatcher, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit. A Peregrine flew off north with prey and a female Pintail was on the Middle Ings.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 21, 2021 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  86. A juv BNG was on Lemonroyd Lake again.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 20, 2021 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  87. 3.45-5pm. 5 kestrel in air hunting over hillside and mown field at once. 3 red kites also. 1 hobby flew over r&f and right over hillside. 4 blkwit & 1 ruff on middle ings. 2 ruff and 1 spoonbill cattlegate pond.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — August 20, 2021 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • Also 1 buzzard on hillside.

      Comment by Paul Scholes — August 20, 2021 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

      • About the same time a small long tailed brown ‘raptor’ (juv cuckoo?) flew east from the trees at the back of the VC car park.

        Comment by Mike Pullan — August 20, 2021 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  88. In addition 5 Garganey were on the east reed bed and a Water Rail was showing well here. A single Garganey was on Astley.
    A Ringed Plover was at the cattle gate pond and 4 Black tailed Godwits were on the middle Ings.

    Comment by Vaughan — August 20, 2021 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  89. Friday 20 August am – three Ruff, Spoonbill, Snipe and Little Egret on Cattlegate Pond at various times. Spoonbills very active, with a pair flying off towards Fairburn and a trio later returning. Wheatear on hay bales nearest to Boundary Path in south-east corner of mown field next to Hillside.

    Comment by Philip Walton — August 20, 2021 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  90. Three wheatear on and around the hay bales on Trailergate field midday yesterday/19th; another birder reported ‘small raptor with long tail’ at top of same field: possibly the previously sighted juvenile cuckoo?

    Comment by Brian Needham — August 20, 2021 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  91. Eleven Little Egrets at Skelton Lake this morning. A group of 16 small waders plus a Ruff flew off from the Cattle Gate Pond mid-morning and disappeared away south, shortly afterwards there were still five Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Pond, so there could have been more than 15 Ringed Plovers.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 19, 2021 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  92. 2 red kites & 2 buzzards soaring over swilly park kestrel & peregrine astley

    Comment by jockslad — August 19, 2021 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  93. On ridge & furrow this morning (mainly cattlegate pond);
    15 ringed plover, 8 common snipe, 4 blackwit, 3 ruff, 3 green sandpiper, 1 dunlin, 1 turnstone (DIH)
    2 eclipse drake garganey on north ings, 2 spoonbill (1ad & 1 juv), 5 little egret (2 on north ings, 2 on ERB & 1 on WRB)

    3 tree pipits flew over south at 0935 and AT reported 5 yellow wagtails over the compound

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 19, 2021 @ 10:58 am | Reply

    • A juvenile Black-necked Grebe was on Lemonroyd Lake.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — August 19, 2021 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  94. 21 + Carrion Crows on Hall Lane Little Preston mid day.

    Comment by John Martin — August 18, 2021 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  95. 2 peregrines over ridge & furrow (juv female and adult male) plus a hobby in from the east.
    8 ringed plover and 2 dunlin flew around Bowers before landing back on cattlegate pond. PRM also had a ruff and a spoonbill on there.
    1 black tailed godwit on north Ings.
    A couple of swift’s over main lake in the gusty winds

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 18, 2021 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  96. Female peregrine flew south east over Bowers with a full crop (25 racing pigeons flew north west half an hour earlier, might only be 24 now!)
    Snipe numbers up to 5 on cattlegate pond, ringed plovers up to 8 (5 adults 3 juvs) and another juv on north Ings with a black tailed godwit.
    2nd CY spoonbill flew through and looked to go into Swilly park to roost
    1 little egret flew off north Ings.

    There was also a colour ringed black headed gull on cattlegate pond which was white with black letters & numbers. I’ve made enquiries as to where this was ringed and will post details if/when I hear back

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 17, 2021 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  97. 4 Snipe, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Blackwit, 1 Ruff and 3 Greenshank on the Cattle Gate pond.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — August 17, 2021 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

    • Another 6 Ruff dropped onto middle Ings c09.30. Also 3 Spoonbill moving around site

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 17, 2021 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

      • This morning there were also still two fully grown BNGs on western reedbed, 4 Garganey Middle Ings and two Ruddy Shelduck reported from Main Lake.

        Comment by Dave Hunter — August 17, 2021 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

  98. Hobby low over eastern reedbed early pm yesterday/ Mon. Five red kites and up to five kestrels over newly cut hillside fields.

    Comment by Brian Needham — August 17, 2021 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  99. Peregrine perched on cattle gate fence midday yesterday/Sun.

    Comment by Brian Needham — August 16, 2021 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  100. Juvenile Arctic Tern with Common Terns on post in Lemonroyd lake this morning (MB).
    The middle Ings mud attracted 5 Ringed plovers, 2 Redshank, LRP and a flyover Blackwit.
    2 Spoonbills and at least 5 Little Egrets on r&f also.
    Juvenile Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel recorded over site and Hobby reported (MB)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — August 15, 2021 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

    • Also 3 Garganey middle Ings

      Comment by Dave Hunton — August 15, 2021 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

    • Around 7:30 pm there were 11 Black-tailed Godwits and two Green Sandpipers on Middle Ings. Just a single juvenile BNG on WRB.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — August 15, 2021 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

      • A single Ruff was also alongside the Black-tailed Godwits on the Middle Ings/ cattle gate pond.

        Comment by Tony Wood — August 15, 2021 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  101. a few hours mid morning

    g w egret erb
    spoonbill in flight over r&f
    little egret 2 north ings 1 astley lake
    black tailed godwit 1 summer amongst black headed gulls on north ings at 10am then joined by a second bird moments later
    ruddy shelduck main lake
    common swifts 20 apx over erb

    Comment by darrell prest — August 14, 2021 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  102. 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plover, single Dunlin, 6+ Snipe, Spoonbill, GW Egret and 5 Little Egrets North/Middle Ings this evening. Juvenile Cuckoo reported from scrub at bottom of hillside earlier (PW).

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 14, 2021 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  103. Little Preston: the local breeding Swifts appear to have headed to Southern latitudes, just one South bound bird over the village today.

    Comment by John Martin — August 14, 2021 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  104. A Wheatear was on the hillside this evening

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 13, 2021 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  105. Juvenile Marsh harrier over ridge & furrow also

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 13, 2021 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  106. 11 common snipe on cattlegate pond, 4 spoonbills and at least 3 little egret across the ridge & furrow. 2 ruddy shelduck still on main lake this lunchtime

    Comment by Rob Hunton — August 13, 2021 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  107. 2 Ruddy Shelduck opposite Caroline Bridge and 2 Garganey on the north Ings. The Great Egret was on the east reed bed. At least 3 Green Sandpipers and a Whimbrel( MB).
    Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and 2 Peregrines over the hillside.

    Comment by Vaughan — August 13, 2021 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  108. Juvenile Cuckoo along the ERB/Middle Ings footpath this morning. It started by hanging on the side of one of the benches and then worked its way towards the crossroads moving from bush to bush, as a dogwalker passed me. Juvenile Dunlin also with the LRPs on the Cattlegate pond. Immature BHG stood on a predator fence post holding a fish in its bill. It shook it and tossed it around before dropping it and losing interest. A large group of Shovelers took to the air over the crossroads at about 10:00 with a group of nine Snipe in attendance.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — August 12, 2021 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  109. Little Egret (min) 6, Great white Egret 1 and Spoonbill imm on Middle and North Ings this morning, viewed from Hillside seat Kestrel 3 hunting Hillside fields.

    Comment by John Martin — August 12, 2021 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  110. In addition 3 Garganey at the cattle gate pond and 2 juv Little ringed Plovers. The Peregrine was over the hillside.

    Comment by Vaughan — August 11, 2021 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  111. G.w and little egret spoonbill and marsh harrier north ings later 2 spoonbills attempted to land but flew off toward astley

    Comment by jockslad — August 11, 2021 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  112. GW Egret,Spoonbill and 5 Little Egrets this evening. Also 48 Curlew, a Juv Peregrine seemed to be roosting among a flock of Canada Geese, and 2 adult and 3 fully grown Black-necked Grebes

    Comment by Dave Hunter — August 10, 2021 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

    • Hobby hunting briefly over Bowers late afternoon.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — August 11, 2021 @ 1:04 am | Reply

  113. Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Little Egret and Grey Heron all in the same scope view on the North Ings this morning. A Peregrine was on the predator fence at the east end of the Main Lake and a hepatic (brown-phase) Cuckoo flew west over Caroline spit. The two Ruddy Shelducks were on the lake edge opposite Caroline spit.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 9, 2021 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  114. Two Ruddy Shelduck still, on Main Lake opposite Caroline Bridge. Great Egret still on R & F with four Little Egrets and two Grey Herons. JB also reported Spoonbill there.

    Comment by Dave Allen — August 9, 2021 @ 11:20 am | Reply

  115. 2 Ruddy shelduck with geese on bay to left walking towards crossroads from visitor centre.
    GWE still on site and marsh harrier patrolling over r and f.

    Comment by Roger Hackney — August 8, 2021 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  116. Sorry left off Early morning, Yellow Wagtail South over L/P and Ring necked Parakeet in garden flew towards Astley lane.

    Comment by John Martin — August 5, 2021 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  117. Forgot juv garganey on Astley lake.

    Comment by Pgc — August 5, 2021 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  118. GWE and juvenile spoonbill on R & F this morning along with at least 4 little egrets. Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, peregrine and 4 kestrels at various times over the hillside. One greenshank and one blackwit were the only waders of note that I could see. Bittern in flight over western reedbed around 11am.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — August 5, 2021 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • A Cattle Egret was sat on one of the Tern posts on Lemonroyd Lake first thing before flying South East, with an adult and juv. Sandwich Tern on the next set of posts along. Three Blackwits, a Ruff and Green Sandpiper on ERB. Eleven Little Egrets together on WRB along with a Great Egret. Two Dunlins went south east over The Warren. Single Ringed Plover on Cattle Gate Pond and a Greenshank on Middle Ings. Juv. Marsh Harrier also still present over South Ings.

      Comment by RobP — September 14, 2021 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  119. Great Egret still on r&f this morning. Single Pintail, Blackwit and Greenshank on here too. Juvenile Spoonbill flew onto site from SE and landed on r&f before relocating to Black pipe bay.
    Two eclipse drake Garganey on Visitor centre scrape and another at New Sluice.
    A tatty cream crown Marsh Harrier and male Peregrine over site.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — August 5, 2021 @ 2:22 pm | Reply


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