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  1. Also on Saturday: Marsh Harrier over reedbeds, Willow Tit on Feeder at the Warren, 2 female Goosander on the river.

    Comment by Craig Kenyon — September 23, 2017 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  2. Early to mid-morning Saturday saw little change with still 4 Little Stints, 17 Ringed Plovers and 8 Dunlin on the Eastern Reedbed and the juvenile Arctic Tern over the Main Lake. A light southerly passage of Meadow Pipits was obvious, but unremarkable, with a few Swallows, Reed Buntings and Skylarks thrown in. Kingfisher on the Eastern Reedbed, at least 6 Little Egrets around the St Aidan’s area and the Wood Duck on the lagoon.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — September 23, 2017 @ 10:37 am | Reply

    • Light passage noted over Little Preston just after dawn, inc 4 Sand Martins and 8 Mistle Thrush.

      Comment by John Martin — September 23, 2017 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  3. Still four Little Stints, 17 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlins and three Pintail on the eastern reedbed. The juvenile Arctic Tern still over the Main Lake. Hobby over the ridge and furrow area, Peregrine over Astley Lake. The Marsh Tit was making regular brief visits to the Warren feeder this morning, once at the same time as a Willow Tit. In general the Marsh Tit spent longer on the table than the Willow Tit, picking up two or three seeds before flying off.
    Of interest, one of the Mute Swans at Astley Lake has a blue Darvik leg ring with letters and numbers in white – it either starts or ends with an S, but it would be useful to get the full set to find out where it comes from.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 22, 2017 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

    • 10 Stonechats this evening on the fenceline near the Trailer gate, ( RD ).

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 22, 2017 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  4. 4 Little Stints, 19 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plovers, 2 Ruff all on the Eastern reedbed.
    9 Stonechats near the trailer gate mid morning.
    Juvenile Arctic Tern still present main lake, (PRM ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 21, 2017 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Also count of 11 jay around the site this morning.

      Comment by pgcoates — September 21, 2017 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

    • 3 Marsh/willow tits at the Warren this morning. They seemed to appear very briefly every 20 minutes or so between 10.30 am and 12 noon as a group. I’m certain that 2 were willow tits ( at least one heard calling) the third looked slimmer and plainer with no wing bar visible but only in view for a second each time and not heard to call. Because of its speedy behaviour I couldn’t see any white spot on the upper mandible either. So, in conclusion probably the Marsh tit but can’t be 100%. Let’s hope it stays around.

      Comment by Dave Musgrove — September 21, 2017 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  5. A tern on the main lake this afternoon (AH) was a juvenile Arctic Tern & flew off high south east at 18:36

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 20, 2017 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  6. 6pm this evening. ERB 4 little stint. Approx 16 ringed plover & 15 Dunlin. 3 curlew also on ERB. Also 2 lads on motorbikes rode u the slope to the hide. Began driving around & beneath hide. Revving bikes a lot beneath hide. No 1 in hide. One lad tried hide door handle or checked if locked. This was around 6.45ish.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — September 20, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

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  8. Marsh Tit was at the Warren very briefly this afternoon, two Willow Tits more frequent. Three Little Stint still present on ERB, along with ten Dunlin, two Ruff, single Snipe and Ringed Plovers (11/12). Another ten Dunlin and three Ringed Plovers were on north shore of main lake. All very mobile due to two Sparrowhawk. Nine Whimbrel from west onto r+f , same number as seen last night by another observer.

    Comment by Rob P — September 19, 2017 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  9. Spotted redshank on erb kingfisher on balance reservoir

    Comment by jockslad — September 19, 2017 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  10. Many more warblers about this morning, with several Blackcaps at the Old Lock area, about 20 Chiffchaff and a couple of Willow Warblers by the Warren and several Reed Warblers on the eastern reedbed. Having just about given up on Spotted Flycatcher this year one appeared with the warblers by the Warren for about 15 minutes, then flew towards the river. A third Little Stint was on the eastern reedbed, asleep in a small group of Dunlins.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 19, 2017 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  11. Marsh Tit showing at times on the Warren feeder, Beware Willow Tit also present. Two Little Stints still present with 11 Ruff, 11 Dunlin , 12 Ringed Plovers.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 19, 2017 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  12. Eastern reedbed
    Plenty of Dunlin, Ringed plover also 2 Little stint. 0900 bst

    Comment by MLN — September 19, 2017 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  13. Astley Lake – 57 Mute Swans, 43 Wigeon, 2 Pintails (plus 14 north-west at 0930 and seven more north-west at 1200hrs), one Goosander
    Main Lake – 15 Wigeon, one Goldeneye
    Methley Bridge – Marsh Tit (vocal but mobile and elusive, last seen/heard heading towards the Warren), two Redpolls flew west
    Swillington Park – seven Buzzards

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 18, 2017 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

    • Not a big increase, but 62 mute swans(including 2 juvenile) in the rain on Astley after 7pm.

      Comment by Rob Hunton — September 18, 2017 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  14. Two Little Stints, 11 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plovers, 4 Ruff on the eastern reedbed this morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 18, 2017 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  15. Eastern reedbed had 1 Little Stint (still present at 3pm) 4 Ruff, at least 19 Ringed Plover, 9 dunlin & female pintail.
    c38 golden plover circled the reedbeds before drifting off east
    Hobby showed well overhead, 2 red kites over hillside, at least 3 kestrel & a sparrowhawk.

    Great White Egret & Bittern reported on the eastern reedbed (neither seen by me)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 17, 2017 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

    • After the downpour there were at least 22 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and 2 Little Stint on ERB, along with the 4 Ruff. All were flushed several times by a Sparrowhawk. A Greenshank went down on north shore of main lake, then flew into ERB shortly after. 5 Snipe flew over WRB towards Astley.

      Great White Egret was on ERB at 06:50 this morning.

      Comment by Rob P — September 17, 2017 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  16. Little Stint on the Eastern Reedbed ( MB) , also 21 Ringed Plovers , 4 Ruff , 1 Dunlin.
    3 Common Sandpipers main lake area.
    95 Pinkfeet over at 09:25, (PRM).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 16, 2017 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

    • At least 3 stonechat at the bottom of the hillside/northern end of R&F, very mobile, 1 adult male and 2 juv.

      Comment by Jim Welford — September 16, 2017 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

      • Little Stint was present until dusk and showing well. A wing-tagged marsh harrier (green tag on right wing) was present around 6:00 pm. Photographed by RP so hopefully may gain some information about its origin

        Comment by sibgchairman — September 16, 2017 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

      • Little Stint still on ERB this evening with a dozen Ringed Plover, four Curlew and three Dunlin.
        A Marsh Harrier, with green wing tag, flew from WRB south east (DIH, DAH). Unfortunately it was too distant for photos to show any detail.
        Single Redshank dropped into ERB near s-bend. Water Rail ran over path from splitter pond to WRB.

        Comment by Rob P — September 16, 2017 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

        • Didn’t see your post Dave. My understanding is it’s potentially from East Anglia.

          Comment by Rob P — September 16, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  17. Between 11am and 2pm. Jay on Fleet Lane, Blackcap singing near car park. Bearded Tit dropped into ERB. Water Rail heard on ERB. A flock of approx 20 Linnet near Crossroads along with 2-3 Pied Wagtail. 10+ Ringed Plover on ERB along with 1 Dunlin and 1 Little Stint. 1 Wheatear also on mud on ERB (?). The patchy Marsh Harrier was also around. Grey Partridge calling from Hillside. 5 Whinchat on R&F. Peregrine appeared over Main Lake before heading off high over river. 2 Red Kite appeared over Swilly Park when the clay shooting (or whatever they do) started.

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — September 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  18. First light saw eight Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on ERB. Juvenile Ruff still by causeway. Three Whinchat along bottom of hillside and first Stonechat of the autumn.

    Comment by Rob P — September 16, 2017 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  19. Friday morning, six Dunlin, six Ringed Plovers, two Ruff were all on the Eastern reedbed.
    Still several Swifts heading through with six seen together.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 15, 2017 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  20. Around 3.30pm 2 curlew, 1 ruff, and a juvenile bar-tailed godwit dropped onto Large Island just in advance of a heavy hail shower. Once the squall past over the waders disappeared. Not much else of note all afternoon.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — September 14, 2017 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  21. Four Ringed Plovers on the eastern reedbed, two Dunlins on the lagoon Islands, one Ruff on the north bank of the Main Lake, one Whinchat at the bottom of the hillside, still at least nine Swifts.

    Just a warning if you see a youngish woman with two uncontrolled and uncontrollable small dogs, a Yorkie and some sort of terrier. As soon as they saw me they came running up, yapping away, with the terrier coming from behind and biting my calf. Fortunately it was such a small dog that it barely broke the skin. There was no apology or remorse from the owner, and when I told her I’d been bitten the reply was ‘My dog doesn’t bite – you’re a ___ing liar!’. I realised afterwards that I should have rung the police, but had they responded at all they’d not have arrived in time to do anything.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 14, 2017 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  22. Evening saw Green Woodpecker at Methley copse. Sparrowhawk over WRB.Two Dunlin on causeway. One Curlew on r+f. Six Wheatear and a Whinchat around trailer gate.

    Comment by Rob P — September 13, 2017 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

    • Scintillating wader passage at 19:33 – 11 (eleven) curlew flew in from the west and went down on ridge & furrow

      Comment by Rob Hunton — September 13, 2017 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  23. The winds didn’t blow anything in. One Ruff and two Dunlins on the Main Lake. Approximately 500 House Martins, 500 Sand Martins and 50 Swallows over the Main Lake, 100 Sand Martins and 100 Swallows over Bowers Lake, 20 Swallows over the hillside. Six Swifts over the reedbeds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  24. Approx. 40 Golden Plover went downriver early morning, looking good lit up by the rising sun, went SE.
    A few Whinchat and two Wheatear on r+f. Juvenile Marsh Harrier over reedbeds.
    At least twenty Swift spread over site.

    Comment by Rob P — September 12, 2017 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

    • During afternoon Dunlin and Ruff on Lagoon Island and Willow Tit at Warren. Around 30 Swifts over Main Lake and Lowther

      Comment by sibgchairman — September 13, 2017 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  25. Wheatear – main path between R&F and eastern reedbed – flew off to R&F 2-15 pm

    Comment by Peter Haigh — September 11, 2017 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  26. A little vis mig during WEBS count this morning 0930-1200 hrs all S or SW;
    Golden Plover I Lapwing 2 , alba wagtail 1 Meadow Pipit 32 a few hirundines passing West but were mostly lost in the feeding birds.
    Gold Finch c80 feeding just East of our boundary at Lowther were taking refuge in scrub on our side of the line.
    Kingfisher in garden at Little Preston (also on 8th) Single Swift over village 8th.

    Comment by John Martin — September 10, 2017 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  27. Large influx of Swallows and House Martins over site this morning with 25+ Swifts still. Wader passage non existent apart from single Dunlin and Ringed plover on eastern reedbed, Ruff on main bay (MB) and Turnstone early am on Lagoons(RP). The Wood Duck was between the causeway and Bank Island and a patchy Marsh Harrier still present.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — September 10, 2017 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  28. Little Egret came in from the east and landed on North Island into cover of trees 19:45

    Comment by Phil J — September 9, 2017 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  29. 5 wigeon on Astley this evening was the largest count I’ve had together in a while

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 8, 2017 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  30. In the rain this morning the Osprey remained in its roost tree in Swillington Park until 0930hrs at least, with a Marsh Harrier sheltering in bushes in the eastern reedbed and a dedraggled Buzzard in fields behind the Balance Reservoir. Things barely improved when the weather did, with only two Pintail (one on the eastern reedbed, one on the Main Lake) and two Red Kites of note. At least 15 Swifts remain. A calling Willow Tit in Methley Copse has a barely noticeable wing panel – something to bear in mind if looking for the Marsh Tit seen there last weekend.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 8, 2017 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  31. Still c40 swifts over the reedbeds & main lake.
    A juv peregrine looked to go down on the eastern reedbed mud but wasn’t seen again.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 7, 2017 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  32. Walking along the causeway at St Aidans after dark this evening (9pm) we counted 37 common toads & 12 common frogs; all sizes from adults to tiny ones.

    Comment by Graham Phillips — August 21, 2017 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

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