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January 2018

Monday 1st January 2018
3 Whooper swans were on the Village Lake this afternoon,
The drake Mandarin was on the Carp Lake, with the Ruff being mobile about the reserve,
Within the mobile Siskin flock, there was a Lesser redpoll, also 4+ Bullfinches were on the West path,
Again the Barn owl was hunting Dryham Ings at both dawn & dusk, with 2 Marsh harriers & Peregrine also seen, 
5 pairs of Goosander were on Cell 'A' in the afternoon, with 34 Pink-footed geese seen flying over in the morning,
34 Shelduck were counted today,
A Coal tit was by the old bird feeding station,
2 Stonechats were in Cell 'B', with 2 more by the Silt pond, 
A Water rail was heard on the Island Lake, with 2 more heard from the Reed-bed,
Kingfisher was also seen, with 50+ Redshanks present on the reserve.
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
The Ruff & a Marsh harrier were both about the Village Lake,
2 males & a female Goosanders were on Cell 'A',
25 Pink-footed geese flew south, 
Curlew & Barn owl were seen.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
A Kingfisher was in Cell 'A'
Friday 5th January 2018
The Ruff was still on the Village Lake, with the drake Mandarin on the Carp Lake,
3 Curlew & the Barn owl were seen,
A Water rail was on the Main Lake
Saturday 6th January 2018
A Jack snipe was in Cell 'B',
The Ruff was on the Village Lake,
2 Lesser redpoll were by the chair by the Far Lake,
A Great white egret was in Cell 'B' in the afternoon,
Also in the afternoon, there were 2 Whooper swans on the Main Lake, with 21 Shelducks, plus a male & 2 female Goosanders in Cell 'A',
A Treecreeper was seen along Dryham Lane, with a Brambling at the feeders.
Sunday 7th January 2018
A Barn owl was seen in both the morning & afternoon,
A female Goosander flew over the Carp Lake in the morning & a pair spent the afternoon on the Island Lake,
Of the regulars, the Ruff was mainly on the Main Lake, with the drake Mandarin being seen on Dryham Ings reservoir,
2 Marsh harriers were seen today, with a Red kite over the East ridge, as well as a Peregrine in the Far Corner,
52 Pink-footed geese flew east, with the year's first Great crested grebe being on the Silt pond, 
28+ Shelduck & 50+ Redshank were noted today,
About 25,000 Starlings flew south west in the late afternoon,
3 Lesser redpoll, Bullfinch, & the pair of Stonechats on Cells 'B' & 'C' were seen.
Monday 8th January 2018
The drake Mandarin was on the Village Lake
Tuesday 9th January 2018
A pair of Ravens passed over the East hide in the morning, being mobbed by various corvids
Wednesday 10th January 2018
In the late evening, 4 Goosanders flew south,
The Main Lake had 35 Shelduck on it,
The drake Mandarin was on Dryham Ings reservoir,
The pair of Stonechats were ion Cell 'B', with the cattle, along with a hunting Barn owl in the evening,
Golden plover & Curlew were heard in the evening
Thursday 11th January 2018
The Ruff was still on the Village Lake, with the drake Mandarin on the Carp Lake,
A Curlew was in the North field, with 2 Lesser redpolls on the West path,
The pair of Stonechats were in Cells 'B' & 'C',
Finally, a Marsh harrier was present.
Friday 12th January 2018
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
A female Goosander was on the Village Lake,
At least 2 Lesser redpolls were on the East path, with 30+ Linnets along Dryham Lane, along with 4+ Bullfinches & 20+ Redwings by the reserve entrance,
50+ Redshanks were on the reserve,
The pair of Stonechats were on Dryham Ings, with 5,000 Starlings flying south east in the evening
Saturday 13th January 2018
On an overcast day, the Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
An adult summer Mediterranean gull was on the Reed-bed in the morning,
A Treecreeper was with a mobile flock of Long-tailed tits along the West path,
At dusk 3 males & 4 female Goosanders were present,
10 Pink-footed geese flew north west in the morning,
A Whooper swan was on the Village Lake,
The pair of Stonechats were in Cells 'B' & 'C',
A Marsh harrier was seen, as well as a Barn owl at both dawn & dusk, with a Peregrine in the New workings,
2 Water rails were heard in the Reed-bed, 
A Grey wagtail east & 3+ Bullfinches were also seen from the West path.
Sunday 14th January 2018
The Whooper swan from yesterday was briefly seen in the morning. A further 5 (2 adults & 3 juveniles) flew south in the afternoon,
No sign of the Mandarin today, but the Ruff was on the Village Lake,
2 males & 3 female Goosanders were on the Island Lake in the afternoon, 
A Tawny owl was on the East path in the evening, with 2 Marsh harriers seen on the reserve,
There were 50+ Tree sparrows at the feeders, with the pair of Stonechats being seen in Cells 'B' & 'C', plus an extra male by the Silt pond,
Kingfisher & Lesser redpoll were seen from the South hide
Monday 15th January 2018
A Treecreeper & Goldcrest were in the North hedge, with a Kingfisher on Cell 'A'
Tuesday 16th January 2018
The pair of Ravens were seen over the East ridge, from the Turret hide,
3 males & 4 female Goosanders were on the Island Lake in the afternoon,
The Ruff was still on the Village Lake, with the drake Mandarin re-appearing on the Carp Lake,
Lesser redpoll, Bullfinch, Marsh harrier & a flock of Golden plover were seen
Wednesday 17th January 2018
2 pairs of Goosander were on the Island Lake,
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots
50+ Linnet were mobile around the reserve, with Curlew in the North field,
40 Shelducks were on the reserve,
2 female Marsh harriers were hunting the reserve,
The Treecreeper showed briefly at the end of Dryham Lane,
Finally on the Main Lake, there was a Water rail & pair of Pintail
Thursday 18th January 2018
A Great white egret was seen to fly north over the reserve,
A Merlin was seen by the North hedge,
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
The pair of Stonechats were in Cell 'B', opposite the South hide,
Red kite & Marsh Harrier were seen
Friday 19th January 2018
A female Smew was briefly on the Main & Village Lakes in the morning,
At dusk, there was 3 pairs of Goosander on the Reed-bed, with Barn owl hunting nearby,
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
6 Golden plovers flew south,
A male Stonechat was by the Silt pond,
Also seen was 58+ Shelduck, Pink-footed goose (Main Lake), 
 2 Mistle thrush, Marsh harrier, Little egret & 2 Curlew (Reed-bed)
Saturday 20th January 2018
A Pink-footed goose was on the Main Lake, along with 428 Greylag geese,
In the evening, a pair of Goosander were present,
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
2 Kingfishers were seen, as well as 3 Water rails counted,
Barn owl & Marsh harrier were seen,
A pair of Stonechat was by the Silt pond,
Tawny owl was heard along the West path,
64 Shelduck were counted,
4 Green woodpeckers were on the reserve today
Sunday 21st January 2018
A Great white egret was briefly seen on Cell 'C', with 12 Golden plovers seen flying south over the reserve,
In the early morning, a Woodcock was disturbed from the West path,
The frozen waters pushed the drake Mandarin to join the Ruff on the Village Lake, 
4+ Bullfinches were along Dryham Lane, with a pair of Stonechats on Cell 'C' & 10 Yellowhammers in the New workings,
Water rail was heard on the Reed-bed,
Also seen was 2 Lesser redpoll along Dryham Lane, Kingfisher by the Far Lake & Grey wagtail
Monday 22nd January 2018
The drake Mandarin was on the Village Lake & a Red kite & Kingfisher were seen
Wednesday 24th January 2018
The pair of Stonechats were in both Cells 'B' & 'C',
The Ruff & drake Mandarin were in their usual spots,
A single Pink-footed goose was with the Greylags on the Main Lake, with Kingfisher seen by Cell 'A',
A Curlew was in the North field, 
2 Pairs of Goosander, came in to roost on the Island Lake in the late afternoon
Thursday 25th January 2018
The Ruff was on the Village Lake, with the pair of Stonechats on the fences of Cell 'B',
A Pink-footed goose & 2 Curlew were on the Main Lake,
On & along by the Carp Lake, were the drake Mandarin & a pair of Bullfinches,
A Peregrine flew east over the reserve,
On the Reed-bed, were 2 Curlew, a Kingfisher & Water rail,
A Tawny owl was seen by the Island Lake, 
The first Oystercatcher of the year was on Cell 'A'
Friday 26th January 2018
A pair of Goosanders were on the Island Lake in the afternoon, before flying off. In the evening, they were replaced by 2 males & a female,
Both the Ruff & drake Mandarin were on the Village Lake,
There were 2 Oystercatchers on Cell 'A' toady,
A Water rail was heard on the Island Lake, with 2 Curlew nearby on the North field, 
From the Main Lake area, a Tawny owl was heard at dusk, with Barn owl on Dryham Ings,
Also seen was Red kite, 2 Marsh harriers, Lesser redpoll, Kingfisher & Bullfinch
Saturday 27th January 2018
A Great crested grebe was on the Village Lake, along with the Ruff,
60 Pink-footed geese flew east along the East ridge,
The Barn owl was seen at both dawn & dusk,
By the Far Lake, there was 3 Lesser redpolls, along with the 50+ Siskin, 
A pair of Bullfinches were on the West path,
The pair of Stonechats were in Cells 'A' & 'B',
There are now 4 Oystercatchers on Cell 'A', along with a Kingfisher,
The drake Mandarin was back on the Carp Lake,
2 pairs of Goosander flew onto Cell 'A' in the late afternoon, 
8 Little egrets were seen, 
3 Marsh harriers & 2 Curlew were seen
Sunday 28th January 2018
Today's highlight was the drake Green-winged teal seen in the morning on the Island Lake, which later moved to the Main Lake,
An adult Mediterranean gull was briefly on the Village Lake in the morning, where the Ruff was with at least 65 Redshanks,
In the early morning, the Barn owl was hunting Dryham Ings,
The drake Mandarin was on the Carp lake,
3 Oystercatchers were on the Silt pond, whilst the Pink-footed goose was with the Greylags,
50+ Siskins were showing well by the Far Lake,
The pair of Stonechats were again in both Cells 'B' & 'C',
Also seen, was Marsh harrier, Peregrine, Red kite, Bullfinch, Kingfisher & Water rail
Monday 29th January 2018
The Treecreeper was on the West path, with the drake Mandarin nearby on the Carp Lake, along with 2 Kingfishers,
2 Curlews were on the Island Lake,
At dusk, 2 Goosanders were on Cell 'A', with a Tawny owl heard from the Butterfly walk,
8 Little egrets roosted today
Tuesday 30th January 2018
The drake Green-winged teal was back on the Island Lake, 
The Ruff & 60+ Redshank were on the Village Lake,
The drake Mandarin was on the Dryham Ings reservoir,
3 Oystercatchers were on Cell 'C',
A juvenile male Marsh harrier was hunting the reserve,
Finally the Barn owl was seen at dusk
Wednesday 31st January 2018
The Marsh harrier was present today

Posted By: Barry on 4/1/2018 7:46:21 PM

December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017
2 Whooper swans, plus the Ruff were on the Village Lake
2 Dunlins were still on the Silt pond,
6 Golden plover flew east, as did a Peregrine
Saturday 2nd December 2017
8 Grey partridge were seen along the Cliffe road hedge,
A Woodcock was flushed from Black dyke in the morning
6 Dunlin were on the Silt pond, with the Ruff still on the flooding Village Lake,
Kingfisher, Curlew, (50+) Fieldfare, 9 Grey herons, the drake Mandarin, Marsh harrier, 300 Pink-footed geese flying north, 3 Whooper swans south & 8 Yellowhammers were seen
Sunday 3rd December 2017
4 Whooper swans flew north in the morning,
2 Dunlins were on the Silt pond, as well as a winter Mediterranean gull that later flew north,
A Green sandpiper was briefly on the Reed-bed, with the Ruff still on the Village Lake,
In the afternoon, a female Goldeneye was sen on the Reed-bed, with Water rail heard on the Main Lake,
Also seen was Kingfisher, Curlew & 2 Great spotted woodpeckers
Monday 4th December 2017
A Marsh harrier was present, as well as the drake Mandarin
Wednesday 6th December 2017
A female Goosander was on the Village Lake in the morning,
Again the drake Mandarin was on the Carp Lake,
A Green sandpiper flew over Dryham Ings, to land on the reservoir banks, with a pair of Stonechats in Cell 'B',
A Kingfisher was seen on the Main Lake, with a Grey wagtail over Dryham Lane,
Lastly a Corn bunting was in the North hedge.
Friday 8th Dec