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  1. 75 Pink feet came off the ridge and furrows first thing and headed off north. At least 20 birds returned later and settled on the south Ings,
    A Marsh Harrier went east and 2 Redshank were on the eastern reed bed.

    Comment by Vaughan — September 25, 2020 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. Two Cattle Egrets, an adult and immature, were photographed around the cattle on the North Ings late morning by Mel, the RSPB Ranger. On hearing the news I checked from the Visitor Centre and saw them flying over the reedbeds and ‘whiffling’ down towards Astley Lake, where they were relocated on Gull Island. After a while they flew off east but were reported back on the Ridge and Furrow early afternoon.
    20 Pink-footed Geese flew off north-east from the Ridge and Furrow area early morning. Three Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Pond, one Redshank calling and a few Curlews and Snipes flying about. A Bittern flew across Astley Lake. At least 12 Swallows, one House Martin, one Yellow Wagtail and several Chiffchaffs despite the poor weather early on. There were certainly ten, and probably at least 12, Stonechats on the hillside close to the Visitor Centre, later three near the Trailer Gate. The regular immature male Marsh Harrier was over the reedbeds,

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 24, 2020 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  3. Warm still conditions this morning produced more summer visitors than I’ve seen recently on windier days. The path along the bottom of the hillside to the balance res saw Whinchat, Whitethroat, Reed Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs and Yellow Wagtail.
    5 Ruff were on boomerang island at Astley before flying east at 10.15.
    The old lock area held Chiffchaffs and Blackcap along with a showy Cetti’s Warbler in the dead Elder.
    Eastern reedbed had 6 Dunlin and single Black-tailed Godwit.
    Hobby still performing well

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 22, 2020 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

    • Also 4 Bearded Tits around balance res

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 22, 2020 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  4. A veritable raptor fest over Swilly Park; the hillside and ERB this afternoon between 14.30 and 16.00 comprising 4 hobbies (2 ads and 2 juvs); 4 buzzards; 2 red kites; 7 kestrels; 2 sparrowhawks and an ad peregrine on several occasions, attempting an unsuccessful dive from height onto r & f to take one of the yellow wagtails present.

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — September 21, 2020 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

    • Also moulting male Marsh Harrier this morning to add to raptor list

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 21, 2020 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  5. 13 pink-footed geese on the east side of the bulge on main lake this morning included at least 2 juveniles

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 21, 2020 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  6. The Male marsh Harrier was quartering the ridge & furrow this morning and there were at least 3 pink footed geese on the south Ings

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 20, 2020 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  7. Spotted Redshank NW at Lowther late morning.

    Comment by John Martin — September 20, 2020 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  8. Crane went west up river at 11:40 before circling high and drifted south.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 20, 2020 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

    • Really close juv Little Stint on small pool wesrtern side of Black pipe bay, viewable from track. Black tailed Godwit nearby. Golden Plover overhead plus active Hobby over reedbeds catching and eating dragons on the wing. At least 8 Buzzard and Sparrowhawk overhead.

      Comment by petegriff — September 20, 2020 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  9. Early female Goldeneye on main lake 12:10

    Comment by Morgan Caygill — September 20, 2020 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  10. Little Stint on ERB along with up to ten Dunlins and four Ringed Plovers this morning. A Bar-tailed Godwit was briefly on ERB before fling towards Astley, returning to black pipe bay shortly afterwards and later relocated on Astley Round Island (PRM). Common Crane on Middle Ings.
    Two Siskins were near the Old Lock and three Redpolls over. Four Swallows through south at The Warren. Five Stonechats on North Ings.

    Comment by RobP — September 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  11. Relatively quiet early morning after a shooting incident around 7am delayed some of us. A group of 4 people in fields across the road & halfway up the hill from the Visitor Centre Carpark were shooting across the road, over the hillside plantation & Dragline. One group member’s car, coming along the road to the entrance gate, was struck by pellets & another member, on foot at the entrance gate, was just missed by pellets falling around him. Police were called and attended about an hour later. Meanwhile, the shooters were confronted, over a distance of about 80 metres, and they moved off, refusing to accept they were doing anything wrong and denied they were shooting over the road, despite the fact that two Greylag Geese which were heading out over the hillside, away from site, were downed within the site, one on the hillside by the Dragline. It was confirmed by us to be dead. The individuals were seen to be using at least two very large, possibly 10 bore, shotguns. They took away at least 6 Greylags which had been downed in the field across the road from the site. Police will make enquiries, but hold out little hope of pinning down the culprits if they were not the landowners or were not there with landowner permission. The Incident was reported to RSPB staff when the VC opened. Clearly, shooting of geese in season in the fields across the road from the VC is perfectly legal, but shooting across the road, striking cars and, potentially, people, is both illegal and reckless in the extreme. Any re-occurrence should be reported as a 999 call to the police immediately.

    On the birding front, just 6 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers & 1 LRP on the Eastern Reedbed (AJR, RP, VAL). Imm. male Marsh Harrier, single Hobby seen & a few Bearded Tits in the two Reedbeds. Small passage of Swallows going SE (around 30 birds in total). Subsequently, around 11am, Little Stint reported on Eastern Reedbed.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 19, 2020 @ 11:25 am | Reply

    • Shooting of this species may be legal in season, but does it not require a licence? Presumably if they had one there would be a record kept. And I’d add that confronting the gang with very large shotguns was brave if not highly risky. I for one might think twice about coming to the site early in the mornings. Thanks for reporting this worrying incident.

      Comment by Brian Needham — September 20, 2020 @ 10:02 am | Reply

      • Shooting geese on a Sunday is illegal, even in season, as well as shooting over a road. Carrion can be shot with the landowners permission. I am surprised that the police did not use that as a way to charge the perpetrators. Well done for the challenge anyway, it may put them off in future.

        Comment by petegriff — September 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

        • Shooting continued late afternoon on farmland East of Little Preston. From 1530 hrs until prob 1700 hrs. So Most probably an organised “shoot” the Police should have no trouble asking the farmer who was involved.

          Comment by John Martin — September 20, 2020 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

      • Hi Pete
        The incident was on Saturday morning, so would have been legal (sadly) if it had been done responsibly and not firing over the road

        Comment by Andrew Ross — September 21, 2020 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  12. Two otters near the mouth of Oulton beck – heading down stream towards methley.

    Comment by Joe — September 19, 2020 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  13. Common Crane and Glossy Ibis obviously the star birds today but other birds recorded were Male Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Spotted Redshank, 6 Stonechats (together on North Ings fenceline) 3 Pink-footed Geese and still a flock of Yellow Wagtails following the cattle.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 18, 2020 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  14. Photos of today’s Glossy Ibis & Common Crane now in the gallery.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 18, 2020 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  15. Common crane flew in and landed on bank of main lake visible from bank south of outflow. midday.

    Comment by Roger Hackney — September 18, 2020 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Seen by Mike Smith visitor from Sheffield

      Comment by Roger Hackney — September 18, 2020 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Rod and I had terrific views of the Crane today south of the outflow it was still there at 2.30pm very settled among the Canada and Grey Lag geese. Also Glossy Ibis flew to the East towards Lowther at 11.15. Yellow Wagtails with cattle very close to main path at 3pm and 2 Stonechat perched on tussock grass in same area at the corner of main path and Bowers path.. .

      Comment by Anne German — September 18, 2020 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

      • Sorry my message should read Rod and I had good views of the Common Crane from the banking South of the Outflow nr Caroline Bridge.

        Comment by Anne German — September 18, 2020 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  16. This morning on the ERB,Dunlin and Ringed Plover soon joined by a single Ruff.A Spoonbill came in over the reedbed and was joined by another out of the ERB,both birds heading off to the edge of the main lake/south ings.4 waders from the direction of Astley revealed another 3 Ringed Plover and a single Turnstone.A Hobby hunting Dragonfly over the reedbed put the Waders up in the air and produced a Greenshank from deeper into the ERB.A Bittern (which was very golden coloured in the sunshine),revealed itself on a flight further into the ERB,then again on two more occasions across the reedbed. Also a tatty looking Marsh Harrier came across the reserve in the direction of Astley.All in all a lively hour or so on the ERB.

    Comment by Tony Wood — September 17, 2020 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  17. About a dozen yellow wagtails under the cattle’s feet on ridge and furrow 2pm

    Comment by Alex Aylward — September 17, 2020 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

    • As usual about twice as many took to the air when a Hobby flew over!

      Comment by Julian Pickering — September 17, 2020 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  18. Little owl, male blackcap and song thrush in dragline compound. Wheatear on VC roof

    Comment by Mel — September 17, 2020 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  19. Early to mid-morning, Little Stint, Turnstone, Greenshank, Ruff and a few Ringed Plovers & Dunlin reported on Eastern Reedbed by various people before being flushed. Most disappeared, but Little Stint relocated on Middle Ings by MB, along with a Spotted Redshank. Little Stint reported back at Eastern Reedbed early afternoon but not while I was there from 13.45 to 14.30, but 2 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover & 3 LRPs present. Bittern showed well on Eastern Reedbed in the morning & juv. Spoonbill there in early afternoon. A good day for raptors (8 species) with Ringtail Hen Harrier east over the hillside & dragline at 11.35 am; same moulting imm. male Marsh Harrier over R&R & Eastern Reedbed as seen in last 10 days; 2 Hobbies together over Eastern Reedbed with singles showing at other times (probably 3 birds involved); single Peregrine; Sparrowhawk over Swillington Park; at least 9 Buzzards seen (including 6 together); 3 Red Kites & at least 5 Kestrels. 11 Pink-footed Geese dropped onto R&F (seen by MB). 2 Stonechats on hillside towards the VC & 2 in north end of Eastern Reedbed. 8 Ring-necked Parakeets flew east along the hillside together. 2 Redpoll on the hillside. 6-7 Reed Warblers still visible around the reedbeds. Otherwise numerous Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps & 3 Cetti’s the only warblers I located around site.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 17, 2020 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • Hi
      What time did you see the parakeets?
      Steven

      Comment by Steven — September 20, 2020 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

    • Hi
      What time were the parakeets flying over?
      Thanks
      Steven

      Comment by Steven — September 20, 2020 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  20. Two Little Stints together on the eastern reedbed late afternoon/early evening. One a typical bright rufous juvenile and the other bird greyer with far less rufous coloration and less conspicuous White v’s. Semi-palmated sandpiper came to mind , but bird was never close enough for feather detail scrutiny.
    Worth a closer look tomorrow if still there. Pic in gallery.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 16, 2020 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  21. Little Stint flu into Eastern reedbed at 10.30am seen by Terry Fulcher and landed on mud. plus 5 Dunlin, 12, Ring Plover, one Spoonbill.

    Comment by Pgc — September 16, 2020 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

    • Is that a new strain of Covid -19, Little Stint flu !!!!!

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 16, 2020 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

      • Ha ha flew.

        Comment by Pgc — September 16, 2020 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  22. Little Stint ERB (found PHC & TF) with 5 Dunlin 5 RP 1LRP and 5 Ruff. 5 Pintail Astley and 2 on ERB. Also Marsh Harrier 2 Swallow 2 + Stonechats and 7 Yellow Wagtail. Whinchat and Hobby reported.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 16, 2020 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  23. Whimbrel flew south of Black Pipe Bay this morning.
    56 Cormorants NW up the valley before 08:00.
    Large numbers of Meadow Pipits south (fairly constant from 06:15 to 09:30), with odd Siskin, Skylark and Redpoll. Lots of MP’s went straight through but est. at least 100+ birds on R+F around 09:00. Min. 15 Yellow Wags amongst cattle.
    2 Spoonbill on ERB, with 7 Dunlins, 9 RP, 4 Pintails (another on Astley) and 1 Green Sandpiper.
    Three groups of Bearded Tits around S-Bend, totalling 14, with a further 4 on ERB near crossroads. 2 Stonechats also on ERB and 3 on hillside.
    Good movement of vocal Chiffchaffs along riverbank with multiple calling birds, only single Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.

    Comment by RobP — September 15, 2020 @ 11:17 pm | Reply

  24. Tues 15th 14:00-16:00. x4 Hobby seen at one time. x1 over hillside while x3 were hawking over the R&F & ERB, with good views from the path inbetween these areas before the crossroads.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 15, 2020 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

    • Hobby, Jay, Green Woodpecker and a Spotted Flycatcher at the west end of the woods on the hillside this evening

      Comment by Paul Wheatley — September 15, 2020 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  25. 30 Swallows low over the water, double bench Astley, then Lapwing got up a Hobby overhead, whilst watching it, which included it being harassed by Lapwing, a second Hobby could be seen high up. Hobby later seen soaring over the hillside.
    2 Stonechat and very conservatively 5 Yellow Wagtail with livestock, probably at least double.

    Comment by Julian — September 14, 2020 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

    • Belatedly, whilst sat on same bench at 15.00 on 12/09 2 hobbies seen flying and on a rising thermal over Swilly Park – one of the birds definitely a juvenile

      Comment by Tony O'Neill — September 15, 2020 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  26. 24 Shelduck flew west up the river and kept going at 19:05 this evening.
    150+ sand martins high over the ridge & furrow / reedbeds most likely going into roost

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 14, 2020 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  27. At least one hobby showing well if a little high this pm over the ridge and furrow and western reedbed. Large numbers of migrant hawker dragonflies to catch.

    Comment by Brian Needham — September 14, 2020 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  28. any sign of the glossy ibis

    Comment by Richard Harrison — September 14, 2020 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  29. The tagged Marsh Harrier seen on the 9th of Sept. was traced to a project in Norfolk. After notifying the project coordinator I received the following e-mail:

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for this.
    Unfortunately I cannot make out the two digit code on the tag; however,
    I can see it is attached by the ‘new’ method we’re trialling, which is
    in common use in Europe. So with that in mind, all I can say it was
    tagged this year in Norfolk, probably along the coast in the north of
    the county.
    Sorry I can’t be more specific.
    Regards
    Phil

    Comment by Mike Pullan — September 14, 2020 @ 12:30 am | Reply

  30. Probable Whimbrel calling twice over hillside at 8.30. May be worth a look in the morning.

    Comment by petegriff — September 13, 2020 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  31. An adult Glossy Ibis dropped onto the Eastern Reedbed at 19:00 and was still present at nightfall (DAH +RP). Three adult Spoonbills circled the reedbeds for about 10 minutes before disappearing to the South and another adult and a juvenile were on the ERB. Whinchat (RP) on R&F and a juv Wheatear plus Pink-footed Goose. 38 Wigeon on Main Lake. Also 2 Green Sandpipers (RP)

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 13, 2020 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  32. Spotted Flycatcher briefly on Coach rd late morning , last seen flying into Swilly park.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 13, 2020 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  33. Four Red Kites and two Buzzards over the newly mown hillside fields first thing. Three Spoonbills on ERB, along with nineteen Dunlins and ten Ringed Plovers. Two Green Sandpipers on hidden pool on ERB at s-bend. Single Redshank on Astley and six Swifts over. Six Redpolls and eight Siskins in riverbank trees opposite the Old Lock. Common Sandpiper on Black Pipe Bay.

    Comment by RobP — September 13, 2020 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  34. 2 Great Egrets reported by RP & 1 still present on R&F later. 3 Spoonbills mobile between R&F & Eastern Reedbed. 18 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plovers & 1 Redshank Eastern Reedbed. Single Common Sandpiper in Black Pipe Bay and another heard, but not seen, on Eastern Reedbed. 6 Stonechats on the Hillside (before the mowing started) included a very young-looking juvenile which hasn’t been amongst birds I’ve seen previously. Party of tits and warblers moving through bushes at the bottom of the hillside included 20-25 phylloscs (hard to keep track) 15+ Blue Tits & 1 Great Tit. The phylloscs looked and sounded to be almost entirely Chiffchaffs – just 1 Willow Warbler seen & heard. The same moulting immature male Marsh Harrier seen a few days ago was again over the Eastern Reedbed briefly. 2 Red Kites seen, including 1 showing interest in the mowing, so the hillside might pull in others this afternoon and over the next few days. 12 Swifts still over Astley.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 12, 2020 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • In addition to above Black Tern Main Lake by outfall 10:45 and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits roosting with Curlew opposite Caroline Spit.

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 12, 2020 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  35. 15 dunlin, 4 RP, 1 Green sand, & 2 spoonbill on ERB this afternoon. 10+ yellow wags with the cattle on North ings, circa 130 goldfinches feeding in a tight flock on the hillside. Peregrine over hillside 2.45pm.

    Comment by David Musgrove — September 11, 2020 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  36. Cettis old lock area and wrb marsh harrier over balance reservoir 2spoonbills dunlin and ringed plover on wrb

    Comment by jockslad — September 11, 2020 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  37. Cettis on w.r.b and old lock area 2spoonbills dunlin and ringed plover on wrb marsh harrier over balance reservoir

    Comment by jockslad — September 11, 2020 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  38. 23 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover and a juvenile Ruff were all flushed off the eastern reedbed this morning by a juvenile Peregrine.
    Great White Egret and at least 2 Spoonbills were seen along with a juvenile Marsh Harrier.
    At least 10 Swift still, a Whinchat and several Yellow Wagtails (18+MB) with the cattle. Water Rail seen on eastern reedbed, 4 Pintail here and a single Goldeneye on main lake.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 11, 2020 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

    • Adult winter plumage Ruff not juvenile

      Comment by Dave Hunton — September 12, 2020 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  39. A tight flock of c20 Siskin South over Little Preston just after 0700 hrs.

    Comment by John Martin — September 11, 2020 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  40. Green woodpecker on slope of bowers lake, 2 red kites over hillside. 1Ruff on ERB, wheatear on ridge and furrow

    Comment by Mel — September 10, 2020 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  41. 6+ Yellow wagtails this morning with cattle on r&f. 3 Spoonbills, 10 Ringed plover, 7 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper on eastern reedbed. 12+ Swifts, over reedbed, Reed warblers, Chiffchaff and a Whitethroat seen also Whinchat and Stonechat still.
    A visitor reported 2 Curlew Sandpiper on cattle gate marsh c 08.00

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 10, 2020 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  42. Message on Rare Bird Alert at 12.59 (9/9/20) “2 spoonbill on eastern reedbed plus 5 curlew sands” sent me back to the reedbed path but I saw no curlew sands. An erroneous report? There were dunlin and ringed plover.

    Comment by Brian Needham — September 9, 2020 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • I only saw Spoonbill, Dunlin and Ringed Plover late afternoon too Brian.

      Comment by Steve Cribbin — September 9, 2020 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  43. 3 ringed plover and two spoonbills on Eastern reedbed.. several whinchats and stonechats on fence posts at bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Mel — September 9, 2020 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

    • At least 8 whinchat were present early morning along with 3+ stonechat. Five ringed plover and two Dunlin on the ERB, a peregrine put the lapwings up over Astley, a couple of smaller waders were present in the flock.

      Comment by Jim Welford — September 9, 2020 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  44. On the 9th at 3.18pm a Marsh Harrier appeared over the r+f, as it headed west it flew over the ER path and two red wing tags were occasionally visible (MB, JP). Unfortunately it was not possible to read them.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — September 9, 2020 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    • Sorry, 8th not 9th.

      Comment by MP — September 9, 2020 @ 10:40 am | Reply

      • A group of c50 Meadow Pipits over the hillside at 6.30, 5+ Yellow Wagtail around cattle on R and F. Large Tit flock on Old Astley Lane included a Goldcrest.

        Comment by petegriff — September 9, 2020 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  45. Hillside up front path from the black seat larger brown/buff warbler with wing panel, notable lack of yellow tones. Couldn’t tell if with LTT flock or more mixed flock or whether they were all 1 larger group, the Peregrine had made several passes over.

    Comment by Julian Pickering — September 9, 2020 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  46. Eleven Dunlins and five Ringed Plovers together on the Eastern Reedbed, with five Dunlins and two Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Pond later. After the six Pink-footed Geese flew off seven then returned, with one peeling off to join the resident goose flock and the other six continuing up the valley. Small numbers of Snipe, Meadow Pipits, Yellow Wagtails, Siskins and Redpolls on the move.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 8, 2020 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  47. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits flushed by raptor flew off site early morning (MB). Party of 5 Dunlin with 1 Curlew Sandpiper NW over Eastern Reedbed mid-morning (AJR, DIH, DAH) with a single Dunlin also amongst the Lapwings flushed at Astley & another on the Eastern Reedbed with 4 Ringed Plovers & 1 LRP. Greenshank flushed off Eastern Reedbed by Peregrine, but only heard. 3 Shelducks on Astley later flew to the Main Lake. Juvenile Goldeneye seen at the Main Lake (MB). 6 Pink-footed Geese seen going towards Lowther early morning (MB) were seen to fly off SW about 2 hours later (AJR, DIH, DAH). 6 Whinchats & 5 Stonechats around the hillside east of the Trailer Gate. A good morning for raptors with 2 Marsh Harriers (female type reported by MB & moulting sub-adult male seen by AJR, DIH & DAH); 4 Red Kites together over the hillside, Peregrine seen a number of times, on the last occasion with prey; Hobby reported by JB, 3+ Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks (singles seen separately by JB & AJR) plus odd Kestrels as usual. 4 Pintail on the Eastern Reedbed where there were also 3 Spoonbills, with a 4th on Middle Ings. Single Swift seen over Astley.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 8, 2020 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • Pintail count up to 5 shortly after you left

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 8, 2020 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

      • Also Yellow Wagtail among cattle

        Comment by Dave Hunter — September 8, 2020 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  48. This afternoon ERB 3 Spoonbills 4 Pintails 9 Dublin Water Rail and 4 RP. Four Whinchat on fence and at least one Yellow Wagtail with cattle. Three Stonechat, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine and Wheatear reported

    Comment by Dave Hunter — September 7, 2020 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

    • Dublin should read Dunlin. Autocorrect malfunction!!

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 7, 2020 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  49. Nothing different found this morning in heavy rain. Still at least 5 Spoonbills, single Great White Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Swift, Willow Warbler, more Swallows than usual and 2 Pintails.
    No sign of yesterday’s Knot but 5 Dunlin and single Ringed Plover on Eastern reedbed

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 7, 2020 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

  50. Hobby and c20 Swallows over Little Preston this morning.

    Comment by John Martin — September 7, 2020 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  51. Lemonroyd Lake, 4 RN Parakeets chased by Sparrowhawk into Old Lock area 6.35, and 17 fem type Goosander at 8pm. 6 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, juv Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 juv Ringos, juv Water Rail and Peregrine over ERB.

    Comment by petegriff — September 6, 2020 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

    • Three Greenshank flew over ERB at 7pm towards Astley. Still 3 Spoonbill (1juv), 9 Dunlin, 4 Ringos.

      Comment by petegriff — September 7, 2020 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  52. Hobby taking dragonflies over the Western reedbed this afternoon. Still three knot plus three ruff and a dozen each of dunlin and ringed plovers on Eastern reedbed mud. Four spoonbills still present on e reedbed.

    Comment by Martin robinson — September 6, 2020 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  53. The fresh mud now showing on the eastern reedbed at the causeway end produced 3 juvenile Knot, 5 Dunlin, single Redshank, LRP and 2 Ringed Plover this morning.
    Bushes at bottom off hillside held 2Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and several Chiffchaffs. At least 3 Spoonbill still on eastern reedbed.
    4 Yellow Wagtails feeding with the cattle on the r&f

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 6, 2020 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • Flushed a Jack Snipe first thing this morning, just after the prison gates. Flew low over ditch and into the small pond on north ings. Three Green Sandpipers over reed beds and six Spoonbills first thing. Pintail also on ERB.

      Comment by RobP — September 6, 2020 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

    • The three Knot came in from the East at c1015 hrs. Just two Ringed Plover on the Cattle gate mud.
      Light passage of Meadow Pipits , two flava Wagtails went East and a redpoll was over New sluice.

      Comment by John Martin — September 6, 2020 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  54. Late morning one Little Ringed and seven Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Pond and one Ruff and six Black-tailed Godwits flew over. A single Dunlin on the Eastern Reedbed. A female Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds. Over 50 Great Crested Grebes from Skelton Lake to Lowther Lake and a similar number of Swifts still.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 5, 2020 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

    • 3 Knot and 5 Spoonbill reported this morning on ERB.

      Comment by petegriff — September 6, 2020 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

  55. A quiet morning, three dunlin and four ringed plover on Cattle gate pond, green woodpecker was in the compound and then flew across the hillside, a juvenile ruff in the middle of the R&F, six dunlin and a ringed plover flew around the site for some time before settling on the ERB, three spoonbill also on the ERB. Bearded tits heard at a number of locations as were Cetti’s, nine siskin flew SW over the ERB, a few had been heard earlier on the hillside.

    Comment by Jim Welford — September 5, 2020 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  56. One Woodcock over the Shroggs in Temple Newsam at sunset. Earlier, two Yellow Wagtails and eight Red-legged Partridge in adjoining fields. The juv. Buzzard, from the nest just outside recording area, was exploring the fields adjoining Colton Beck. Four adult Buzzards over the park and two Red Kites. Single Grey Wagtail at outlet of Menagerie Ponds and first Goosander (m) of autumn on the ponds.

    Comment by RobP — September 4, 2020 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  57. Marsh Harrier buzzed by Sparrowhawk this aft, 5 Whinchat and 3 Stonechat at bottom of hillside plus 3 Swift overhead. 6 Spoonbill on ERB and Water Rail across central path about 7pm.

    Comment by petegriff — September 4, 2020 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

    • 5 ringed plover on ERB. Marsh Harrier over WRB.

      Comment by Mike Pullan — September 4, 2020 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  58. See site information link under menu for maps of site

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 4, 2020 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  59. Great Egret mobile around R&F, Main Lake & Western Reedbed this morning. 4 Spoonbills on Eastern Reedbed with one later moving to Middle Ings. 4 Little Egrets around St. Aidan’s. Hobby over the Visitor Centre & towards Lowther. 3 Ringed Plovers on the Cattle Gate Marsh were probably part of 5 seen later in flight over the Middle & South Ings with 2 Snipe. Bearded Tits calling along Astley Causeway & 1 male calling & seen at the eastern end of the Eastern Reedbed. Single Whinchat & Stonechat on the hillside fence line. 14 Swifts over Astley & 1 over the Visitor Centre.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 4, 2020 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  60. Six Whinchats around hillside fence this evening, adult and juv. Stonechat also present. Three Spoonbill and two Green Sandpipers on ERB. Juv. male Sparrowhawk chasing Kingfisher and Peregrine chasing Snipe.
    Single Ruff, Great Egret and Greenshank on middle ings. Single Dunlin and RP on Cattle Gate pond.
    At least sixty five Curlews on south ings.

    Comment by RobP — September 3, 2020 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

    • Wheres the South ings please

      Comment by Adrian Nicholson — September 4, 2020 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

      • See site information link under menu for maps of site

        Comment by Dave Hunton — September 4, 2020 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  61. Wheatear on fence post at bottom of hillside as well as at least two whinchat, green woodpecker over car park, little owl usual spot, juvenile Reed warbler around bowers, 3 ringed plover from bowers, large flock of goldfinch over hillside, 3 linnets near crossroads

    Comment by Mel — September 3, 2020 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  62. 2spoonbills & 3little egrets on r&f 1spoonbill on w.r.b

    Comment by jockslad — September 3, 2020 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  63. Still one Black-necked Grebe at Skelton Lake, also eight Wigeon new in there and five more at Astley Lake, Two Great White Egrets flew in from the west at 10.00am, presumably different to the two reported from Fairburn Ings at about the same time, then flew off east at 11.40am. At least four Spoonbills on the Eastern Reedbed. One Green Sandpiper on the Middle Ings. The ‘Curlew Sandpiper’ reported on the Cattle Gate Pond was a moulting adult Dunlin, still showing traces on black on the belly. A female Marsh Harrier flew west. Still at least seven Swifts. One Hobby (JMS).

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 2, 2020 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  64. Exciting for my Garden List, not so exciting for my feeders – Ring-necked Parakeet just flew up Swillington Lane.

    Comment by Phil Walton — September 2, 2020 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  65. Eight Spoonbills on ERB this evening along with two Ruff and two Green Sandpipers. Great Egret on r+f. Two Whichats and Stonechat on hillside fence. Fifty plus swimmers on Bowers after sunset…

    Comment by RobP — September 1, 2020 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

    • There were four Whinchat this morning but unlike yesterday very little visible migration- just small numbers of Siskin and Swallows

      Comment by Dave Hunter — September 1, 2020 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  66. The printed version of the annual report is now available. Most members who have ordered a copy have already either collected or received this through the post. I have only around 20 copies left. If you would to reserve a copy (which will be strictly first come first served) please contact the chairman through the link on the bottom right of the navigation panel.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — July 8, 2020 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  67. In view of the current coronavirus situation it has been decided to close the hide until further notice.

    Comment by sibgchairman — March 22, 2020 @ 4:54 pm | Reply


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