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  1. A breeding-plumaged Turnstone shared Large Island with a Redshank and Common Sandpiper, five Common Terns on other islands, 16 Black-tailed Godwits through to St. Aidan’s and Peregrine and Marsh Harrier over.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 24, 2017 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

    • Godwits dropped into unseen areas of both east and west Reedbeds at various times. Whimbrel hidden on the ridge and furrow. Arctic tern round lagoon.

      Comment by Julian — April 24, 2017 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

    • I’m not too concerned right now but has anyone else suddenly stopped receiving tweets? I’ve not had one since Friday 21st and can’t see a problem my Twitter account.

      Comment by Chris Doyle — April 25, 2017 @ 7:39 am | Reply

      • Having same problem, tried resetting account but still the same.

        Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 25, 2017 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  2. 2 Whinchat reported by non- member this morning, on edge of R&F near seat at bottom of hillside. No sign at 1.00pm

    Comment by Gordon — April 24, 2017 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

    • Didn’t see any Whinchat but there were Sedge Warblers in this area at 09.30

      Comment by Dave Hunton — April 24, 2017 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  3. Evening provided nine blackwits still on r&f along with a male ruff and a whimbrel. Wheatear on hillside and r&f. Two common terns on Lemonroyd and three over Lowther. Two lesser whitethroat and three whitethroat at gropper corner. Cuckoo high on hillside, then flew towards Lowther lake. Sparrowhawk through reedbeds disturbed gulls. Two yellow wagtail and two white wagtail on r&f. Little owl in compound. SE owl also seen over Lowther late afternoon. Two ringed plover on southern shore of main lake, close to Caroline bridge and long tailed duck still there.

    Comment by Rob P — April 23, 2017 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t know the site very well. In addition to the sightings posted on 23rd April there was a cuckoo calling intermittently this pm from the hillside slope above the bench area where one of the groppers is present. It flew off along the ridge towards (over) the (ex) sand martin bank @ c. 18.00 pm. The whimbrel was present with 9 blackwits and 1 ruff during the pm.

    Comment by Tony Stones — April 23, 2017 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  5. Wheatear on r&f bottom of hill fron dragline 1530

    Comment by Mick Noble — April 23, 2017 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  6. Whimbrel N over r&f 0615hrs

    Comment by John Martin — April 23, 2017 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  7. Yellow wagtail seen flying away from the cattle, on bulge and on the main spit. A 1st summer common gull was on the main bay late afternoon.

    Comment by Julian — April 22, 2017 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  8. SanDisk 16GB Extreme SD card found on St Aidan’s. If yours, reply with phone number.

    Comment by Dave Allen — April 22, 2017 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  9. 2 lesser whitethroats in the re-occupied car park and the one at gropper corner showed really well at times but spent most of its time in cover.
    Great white egret was seen flying off site at 7am (JB) and again at 8.10 (RDH,DIH).
    Long tailed duck still on main lake.
    2 different ruff, 1 grey female type on main bay briefly, and a black headed male on ridge & furrow.
    At least 9 blackwits still on r&f
    1 arctic tern and 3 common tern around the lagoon.
    5 dunlin on the bulge opposite the rabbit warren.
    Female garganey on main lake

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 22, 2017 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • Went to Skelton lake but stopped at Fishpond lock as five motorbikes came over on their way to the lake via the new bridge. Lesser Whitethroat singing from three locations, all north of the river, two whitethroat, plenty of blackcap, willow warbler and chiffchaff.

      Comment by Jim Welford — April 22, 2017 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Grasshopper Warbler was close to the black bench at bottom of hillside, and another was close to Shan house bridge by the entrance gate

      Comment by Rob Hunton — April 22, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

    • Evening shift 1 green sand left ridge and furrow and flew down river, 2 male wheatear on ridge and furrow, 2 ringed plover, black wits female ruff and arctic tern still present, b n grebe on bowers lake.

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — April 22, 2017 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  10. Peregrine hunting over Astley 1320

    Comment by JK — April 21, 2017 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  11. Eight Black-tailed Godwits briefly on Astley Lake at midday. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling (where else) at Gropper Corner, seemingly in the same scrub as the Lesser Whitethroat. Another Lesser Whitethroat was singing in the RSPB car park. The ‘Willochaff Warbler’ was still singing its confused song at Lowther.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 21, 2017 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  12. 6 arctic terns and at least a couple of common terns on Lemonroyd lake.
    Minimum of 19 black-tailed godwits on black pipe bay & ridge & furrow.
    3 summer plumaged dunlin on main bay. 2 little ringed Plover on the main spit.
    At least 5 yellow wagtails showing poorly between main spot & the bulge, and at least one white wagtail in that area/lagoon.
    A bleached Herring Gull on the lagoon got the pulses racing but was nothing more.
    Whitethroat singing and showing occasionally from the rabbit warren

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

    • Forgot to mention the long tailed duck still present on the main lake, and did manage to get airborne for a little fly round. Didn’t go high but didn’t have any difficulty

      Comment by Rob Hunton — April 21, 2017 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  13. As many as a dozen yellow wagtail on ridge and furrow bulge area, some at least probably the same as yesterday as the one with the pale blue Head was still around, although very elusive. Most of the time none were visible. A female also showed briefly.

    Comment by Julian — April 20, 2017 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  14. A pair of Garganeys at Skelton Lake early morning at least.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 20, 2017 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  15. Minimum of 44 black-tailed godwit on edge of main lake and r&f this evening. 1 short eared owl also r&f

    Comment by Steve Williams — April 20, 2017 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

    • Sorry. That should be 48..b-tGods

      Comment by Steve Williams — April 20, 2017 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

      • I had 33 on r&f with another group flying over the reedbeds & lagoon of a similar number. Without certainty I would have said over 70 birds in total

        Comment by Rob Hunton — April 20, 2017 @ 11:36 pm | Reply

  16. At 15.50 an almost white first winter Glaucous Gull dropped into the lagoon and is possibly of the eastern race pallidissimus.
    Hopefully some pictures will be in the gallery later.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — April 20, 2017 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  17. Early morning in the main bay area produced 26 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Whimbrel (though the Whimbrel soon left to the NW). The Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were 4 Pink-footed Geese on the R+F.

    Comment by Paul Doherty — April 20, 2017 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • In addition to the 26 Black-tailed Godwits on the Main Lake there were 10 on the R&F and 34 on the ERB (so a total of 70). Also 18 Redshank on Astley were presumed to be passage birds (still 6-8 around the main lake) Still 2 Goldeneye. Grasshopper Warbler heard at the base of Hillside (REL). Increasing numbers of Reed and Sedge Warblers. 3 summer Plumaged Dunlin over Bowers at 11:00a.m.
      Last night a pair of Garganey were seen in flight over ERB and another Swift flew through at 18:30

      Comment by sibgchairman — April 20, 2017 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

    • Also 2 Arctic Terns over main lake from mid-morning

      Comment by Dave Hunton — April 20, 2017 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  18. Up to 8 yellow wagtail on ridge and furrow in the afternoon including one with a blue Head.

    Comment by Julian — April 19, 2017 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  19. An interesting morning. The Long-tailed Duck travelled halfway across the lake flapping its wings and paddling with its feet but never got off the water, though the wings appear to be fully feathered. At the east end of the Main Lake a reeling warbler in a small reedbed needed checking out, but was only a Grasshopper Warbler. Whilst watching that bird a small, short-tailed, broad-winged lark flew south but unfortunately never called to cement the identification. In riverside trees at Lowther Lake a phylloscopus warbler heard several times (but not seen) started singing chiff chaff but then morphed into the Willow Warbler trill.
    New birds today were two Whimbrels on the ridge and furrow, Cuckoo at Lowther Lake and on the hillside and Swift over the Main Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 19, 2017 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  20. 2+ wheatear on ridge near the cattle pens. Lesser whitethroat still showing well at gropper corner.

    Comment by Julian — April 18, 2017 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  21. Sorry, I meant WINTER swans. The 25 Whoopers and 1 Bewick Swan became restless in the half hour leading up to departure. After lots of head bobbing and some preening, the group lifted off giving their trumpeting call. They circled the site, gained height and after originally going north, veered nw before going out of sight from the crossroads.

    Comment by petegriff — April 18, 2017 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  22. Wild swans all took off n at 1655.

    Comment by petegriff — April 18, 2017 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  23. Little Gull (non-breeding adult) still at Astley Lake, mostly asleep on Large Island. Also two Little Ringed Plovers.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 18, 2017 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  24. This morning a single Bewick’s Swan was on the Main Lake with 25 Whooper Swan (9 Juveniles) from 09:30. Also 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Yellow wagtail and 3 Pink-footed geese on R&F.
    Both Little and Short-eared Owls reported early morning.(

    Comment by sibgchairman — April 18, 2017 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  25. A single golden plover over & on the ridge & furrow was the first in a while, and the 1st common whitethroat was in the old lock area (PRM)
    17 shelduck on the main lake (DIH)
    1 yellow wagtail on the ridge & furrow buldge (DA) and 2 white wagtails along the shoreline of ridge & furrow and main bay. Long tailed duck still on the main lake.
    2 wheatear in the r&f, 3 barnacle geese and 5 pink footed geese (4&1).
    Sedge warbler signing and showing on the eastern reedbed, and 2 reed warblers were singing in the north east corner of the eastern reedbed.
    At least 1 lesser whitethroat in gropper corner.
    2cy Glaucous Gull & a new Little Gull on Astley (PRM)
    4 buzzards circling high together over the tip

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 17, 2017 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

    • Alao 2 Common Sands on Main Spit and another (?) later on Astley Large Island. Little Gull still present at 1245.

      Comment by Gordon — April 17, 2017 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

    • Glaucous gull on Astley this evening, Short Eared Owl on hillside from 17:30, about 18:00 c40 Black Tailed Godwits circled main lake and then headed towards Astley where they may have landed, lesser whitethroat reported singing on the hillside

      Comment by Jim Welford — April 17, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

      • These blackwits carried on up river, but this was a splinter group from a larger group of c150 birds in total (MB)

        Comment by Rob Hunton — April 17, 2017 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  26. 2nd CY Herring Gull with a yellow Darvic ring on its left leg was on Astley this afternoon (had been seen earlier in the main lake area) unfortunately was to far to read the ring.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 16, 2017 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  27. Just a reminder about not reporting on here about rare breeding birds and also some commoner species, and also publishing photo’s of rare breeding birds on social media such as Facebook & Twitter. We had one photographer last week wading through the reeds for a better vantage point, if you see any more behaviour like this please report it to one of the RSPB Rangers who are now patrolling the site, or call in at the visitor centre.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 16, 2017 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Graham, good comment ‘re rare birds on site.

      Comment by petegriff — April 17, 2017 @ 1:51 am | Reply

  28. Northyorksbirdnews message today featured a Facebook group Yorkshire birds and Birdwatchers. Looks like a photo sharing group but featuring rare breeding birds in our area. Can someone have a word of advice please?

    Comment by petegriff — April 16, 2017 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  29. Ringed Plover on southern edge of main lake. Also, now two Lesser Whitethroat in same area as yesterday.

    Comment by Rob P — April 16, 2017 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  30. Glaucous gull on Astley 1730 onwards, 10+ swallow near left corner where bittern had been showing well. Right hand stint Island had some welcome visitors. The osprey which flew in front of the the power stations, and east was clearly south of the site @1325.

    Comment by Julian — April 15, 2017 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  31. 2nd calendar Year Glaucous Gull seen at both Astley Lake and Main Lake throughout the morning. Common Sandpiper at the lagoons and elsewhere on the Main Lake shoreline. Greenshank also seen earlier at the Main Lake (REL). Lesser Whitethroat reported showing well near Gropper Corner (DIH). At least 2 Yellow Wagtails and 3 White Wagtails on the Ridge & Furrow. Minimum of 12 Swallows & 3 House Martins amongst hundreds of Sand Martins over the Main Lake. 4 Common Buzzards together over the hillside.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — April 15, 2017 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  32. Bittern briefly at NW corner of western reedbed. Lesser Whitethroat behind top of oxbow and Green Woodpecker over same area.

    Comment by Rob P — April 15, 2017 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  33. Juvenile Glaucous Gull Astley lake from mid morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 14, 2017 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  34. First Lesser Whitethroat heard at Lowther (MB) and first Sedge Warbler singing at the back of Astley (adjacent to Balance Res.). Long-tailed Duck remains on Main Lake. One Bearded Tit flew from Western to Eastern Reedbeds by the S Bend. Single Common Terns at Main Lake and Astley Lake (unless same individual). Minimum of 850 Sand Martins over Main Lake / Ridge & Furrow, but only one House Martin seen. I’ve not seen Common Gull since 01 April – may be worth noting any later Spring Records.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — April 14, 2017 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  35. Dark phase buzzard over Swillington Park, only breast band and base of primaries seemed paler.

    Comment by Julian — April 13, 2017 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  36. Common Sandpiper Main Spit (GS) Ruff also with L.R.P. and R. Plover all on Main Spit, with more plovers round Main Lake.
    3 Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail on the Bulge also strangely known by some as the Mound !!
    Peregrine, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel all showing well.
    The long staying Long-tailed Duck is now even longer staying.

    The Bulge is opposite the Warren and Main Spit.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — April 13, 2017 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

    • Battle of the bulge?

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — April 13, 2017 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

      • I’ve been fighting that for a while Paul.

        Comment by Rob Leighton — April 13, 2017 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  37. First fledgling Blackbirds in garden at Little Preston.

    Comment by John Martin — April 13, 2017 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  38. Evening shift: 1st winter/2cy Glaucous Gull again on the back of Large Island on Astley (viewed from the spillway) again at 7pm.
    10 linnet feeding on the short grass on r&f by the crossroads & causeway.
    2/3 blackcaps in warbler alley
    Ringed Plover on black pipe bay
    Not much else, very windy tonight

    Comment by Rob Hunton — April 12, 2017 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  39. A Greenshank at Skelton Lake early doors flew off downriver, so may have been the bird at St. Aidan’s a short while later. A Little Gull over the Main Lake late morning was presumably yesterday’s bird reappearing.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 12, 2017 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  40. Pete Griffin

    23/03/17 Mink observed from hide stalking Mallards.
    Pics available

    Comment by Mick Noble — March 25, 2017 @ 11:52 am | Reply

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