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  1. 18/10/20. A WeBS count was conducted between 1000-1200hrs. All areas covered. Highlights- 31 Pintail, Gt Egret 2 Cattle Egret Marsh…

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  1. 18/10/20. A WeBS count was conducted between 1000-1200hrs. All areas covered. Highlights- 31 Pintail, Gt Egret 2 Cattle Egret Marsh harrier and 7 Whoopers flew SE. A Jack Snipe was seen later in the day but not during the count period.

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  2. 18.10.20 sightings
    2 willow tit visitor centre
    Kingfisher at the screen
    2 Green woodpecker coal tips
    2 peregrine falcon on the towers towards Castleford from the coal tips
    Cattle egret at the moat
    50+redwings flying north in small groups

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  3. 17/10 Cut lane 1030-1200hrs 2 Goldeneye 4 Goosander Village bay 1 Grey Wagtail by Sluice. 20 Redwing 1 Cetti’s along Cut lane
    Roost 1700-1800hrs. Caspian Gull 1st CY.

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  4. 1032 pink footed geese se ( total from photos per Keith B) Gt egret and Marsh harrier over village bay. 10+ pintail c15 Curlew flashes and Stonechat on Cedric’s.

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  5. 340 Pink feet through by mid pm. Lagoons 5 Stonechat and 2 Bearded tits and crossbill over ( per Jason H.) Flashes 2 Cattle egret, 1 Gt egret & 15+ Pintail. Main bay 2 Kingfisher and 2 Common sandpiper.4 Goosander. Steady movement of winter thrushes throughout the day. Additional records Jonb and Keith B.

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  6. 13/10/20 am. 2 Cattle egret (ad & 1cy) 3rd bird reported at Swilly. 1 Gt Egret 1+ marsh harrier Flashes. Goosander on river. Migrants 70+ Meadow pipits ,40 Skylark & 20 Redwing. 3 Stonechat 15+ Pintail across reserve. 4 Red kites Newfield.

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  7. 11/10/20 1030-1300hrs.
    Cut- 1+Goldcrest & Kingfisher. Big Hole-5 Common Gull. Flashes- 3 Gt Egret &1 Cattle Egret. 8+ Pintail c60 Wigeon. 3 Curlew. Peregrine and Sparrowhawk &2 Kestrel.

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  8. 11/10/20 1030-1400hrs
    Cut lane 2 Whoopers,4 Goosander and 100 Redwing sw. Water still pouring into cut from river.
    Flashes 4 Stonechat (Cedric’s) Pintail 6+ (39 -10/10)

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  9. 04/10/20 1000-1400 -.Arrow lane 2 Marsh harrier (one with orange tags) both juvs. 4 Curlew,5 Pintail 60 Wigeon Gt egret and 3 Stonechat.c15 House martin. Cut lane 2 Gt Egret and 2 Chiffchaff. 60 Pink feet se.

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  10. 03/10/20 am. Rain not as heavy as expected ( heavier in pm) and wind was light (N3) so possible to watch. Village/Main bay.3 Spoonbill-2juvs and unringed adult. 2+ Gt egrets. 22 Gr crested Grebe and 40 Pochard. 4 Snipe. Cut basin -4 Redwing. Moat 3 Cattle egret.+8 Lt Grebe.&2 Pintail. Obvious arrival of robins but none of with blue tails.

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  11. 01/10/20 0830-1045hrs. Riverside by 3 Bridges 4+ Chiffchaff, Blackcap & 2 Goldcrest with tit flock. Village/ Main bay 3 Gt white &1juv Spoonbill.& 23 Gt crested Grebe & kingfisher. c100 pink feet north over village and Marsh harrier flew west.

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  12. Few sightings, pink feet 9 stonechat 9. red kite 5 g w egrets 2 cattle Egrets. 3 Reed Warbler. 3. skylark. 11. buzzards. 7. sparrow hawk. 2 spoonbill. 1. swallow. 2 pintail 8

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  13. 27/09 am. 7 whoopers flew off north about 0750hrs. With 3 Gt Egret in village/main bay areas and single on Hickson’s later. 2 Swift flew west mid am with another (? )feeding over Main bay & Hobby over fryston basin.
    No sign of yl gull but few big gulls in roost in evening.

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  14. 26/09 A Great Egret flew west off shorelark pool early am towards hickson’s where it was reported in the afternoon by Vince. Later in am 2 were together on Village bay with a 3rd visible distantly on Main bay. So at least 4 present. 3 Cattle egret on moat and 5 spooners across reserve. 8 Goosander flew west down river. A single Whooper was asleep on main bay late am which Jon B had fly off nw early pm.
    In the roost tonight 7 Whooper dropped in and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. 2 stonechat just South of cattle pen on flashes (jon b).

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  15. 20/09/20 Webs count undertaken 1000-1200hrs. All areas covered. Highlights – 3+ Gt Egret, 3 Cattle egret and 5 Spoonbill. 1 Pink foot in amongst c1500 Grey lag and Canada across mainly village and main bay shows the diligence of counters Keith B and Joe S.

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  16. Few sightings Lapwings 185 green sand. Wigeon 3. Dunlin. 2. G-c-grebe. 6. young. and 8 adults Canada geese. 462. grey lags. 689. plus one pink foot. all on main bay. And. 9. pink feet east over big hole. and 9. redpoll in trees nr big hole

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  17. 08/09/20 am New Flash 3 Cattle egret (1 juv), flashes generally- 2 Gt egret (1 Priestholm) juv marsh harrier (orange tags) 8 Pintail,6 wigeon 15 Swift. Cedric’s Whinchat

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  18. 10/09/20 Cut lane area Gt egret ,1 lssr Whitethroat & c30 swift. 3 chiffs. Flashes Cettis Grey wag, 9 Curlew. Roost moat @c1900 3 cattle egret 1 Gt egret &3 lt egret

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  19. 11/09/20 am. Moat- 2 juvs marsh harrier perched by white stone track ( no tags) also imm male flew out from roost site by ruins.Flashes -2 cattle egret , 5 Spoonbill 1 Gt egret,2 red kite and 1 pintail. Priestholm Gt Egret and 2 little egret. Cut lane – spot fly & 2 last whitethroat. c40+ Swift’s whole reserve

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  20. Rangering Tuesday pm (8th.). Great Egret, 2 Cattle Egrets, 3 Spoonbills and 4 Curlew on flashes. Green Woodpecker over Big Hole. Willow Tit family by rope screen (4-5).

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  21. 07/09/20 1000-1300hrs. early am visit abandoned due to heavy rain. A Gt Egret flew out west just after first light and another(?) was mobile around site when returned so may have been 2 present. 2 Cattle egret at moat and 2 Pintail on Spoonbill flash around 1200hrs.. At least 10 common buzzards and 2 Red Kites between Newfield and Pannel. C20 Swifts. No other birds of note.

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  22. 04/09/20 am with Keith Boyer. 1Whinchat and 2 wheatear on Cedric’s. Flashes 2 cattle Egret , Gt egret and 5 Spoonbills, Raven over(KB) .Barwit on new Flash with 7 Pintail.

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  23. 02/09/20 0700-1100 Flashes/Moat areas 2 Cattle Egret, 4+ Spoonbills, 2 Gt Egret. 6 Pintail, Bar-tailed godwit 4 Curlew 1 green Sandpiper 1 common Sandpiper ( plus another main bay) 4 Whinchat (2 Cedric’s +2 new Flash field) Spotted fly (opp Walton pool) Fem redstart arrow lane ( nrcar park) Hobby over and 2 peregrine on pylon by workshops. Records per Keith Boyer and Jason Higgins

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  24. Flashes 31st August; Great White Egret, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Spoonbills, 15 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Imm Male Marsh Harrier, Wheatear

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  25. 30/08/20 am. 9 Spoonbill, 2 Cattle & Gt Egret 12+ Curlew moat/ flashes. 2 Whinchat south of Lin dike near hide. Juv Peregrine about.

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  26. Seem from the ark this am. Moat 2 cattle egret ,2 Spoonbill & Gt Egret. Wheatear on posts on ascent track to Newton lagoons. Main bay 6 common terns.

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  27. 2 cattle egrets, Great White, 2 ruff on spoonbill flash, 5 little egrets, 3 ad spoonbills plus 3young, 1 male wheatear, whinchat and male redstart on Cedric’s with John g.

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  28. 23/08/20 amHilights from webs 2cattle egret, 12 Spoonbill, Gt egret 1 Spotted redshank and 4 green Sandpiper.
    In pm Keithb and joe s had 4 Whinchat new Flash area on both sides of road and wheatear. Jeff verrell reported fem/imm Redstart from b.o.t track yesterday.

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  29. 22/08/20 1030-1300 hrs. Main bay -Common tern 3 (1juv) 1 Spoonbill. Flashes -1 Cattle egret, 9 Curlew sand ( briefly) 1 Dunlin, Osprey, Hobby ( juv) 3 Common sand 3 LRP

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  30. 17/08/20 Cut lane 1300-1400. Grey wagtail on a fishing pier by Charlie’s Bridge also 5 Goldcrest which appeared to be a family party moved through with the tit flock. There were over 200 tufted from cut hide but trying to count them from there is a waste of time due to limited visibility. Keith had Cetti’s feeding young on flashes and a saw female yellowhammer carrying food near VC so both you’d think were 2nd broods?

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  31. 18/08/20 Moat pm roost. Only 8 Little egret tonight & no Cattle Egrets came in. There were no reports y’day from birders I saw during the day either. New Flash Pintail + 3 Wigeon. Spoonbill bill flash 3 LRP & Peregrine. 2Spoonbill flew into moat in the am per Keith Boyer. Main bay 2 Green sands and 5 Common tern.

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  32. Flashes 1100-1230 2 Cattle Egret,! gt white egret 1 spoonbill 1 LRP (juv) 3 Ringed Plover ! Common Sandpiper 1 Arctic tern. Moat 1245 1400 Spoonbill 2 ad + 3 yg. 1 snipe 2 Green Sandpiper. Main Bay 1 Redshank,30 Teal and 1 Kingfisher.2 Common tern.

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  33. 1930-2050 hrs. Main bay 2 common scoter ( fem/ imm type) Peregrine juv Lin dyke on pylon. New flash 1 pintail. Moat 20 Lt egret 1 Cattle egret. 2 Spoonbill flew in at 2045hrs.

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  34. 1 Dunlin 3 Raven’s over car park, 1 Cattle egret, 3 Little egrets, 1 Great White, 2 Green sands, 2 Reed warbler, 1 Sedge warbler, 3 Snipe, 17 Willow warblers, 13 Chiffchaffs, 1 Eclipse drake mandarin duck, 2 Adult cettis warblers feeding least two young.

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  35. Moat/Flashes 0700-1100 hrs 11/08/20 1 Cattle Egret 2spoonbill +3chicks Red kite.. 3 Green Sandpiper 1 Oystercatcher 40 Teal. 2 Whitethroat 1 lesser whitethroat 1 Blackcap 2 Reed warbler 1 Cettis 5 Chiffchaff 30 Siskin 20 Linnet

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  36. 10/08/20 Moat area 1100-1230hrs. Spoonbill 3 ad,1juv + chicks. Red kite and c.buzzard. 1oystercatcher.
    Brimstone and male common blue. ( Holly blue y’day below main bay viewing platform)

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  37. 07/08/20 am
    VC area 3 Garden warbler, 2 whitethroat 1 Blackcap & Willow tit. Moat.Spoonbill 4ad 1 juv and 3 chicks. Flashes Bittern ( flew from moat/pickup and flew towards workshops) Gt egret. 2 Cattle Egret ( Keith B. Saw one fly off south) 2Hobbies and Red kite. Seemed alot fewer phyloscs this am.

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  38. Is the Moat accessible from within the reserve as I know the fields were opened up a couple of years ago when I last went for the spoonbills, or do you just have to look across from the roadside by the sharp bend and metal gate. Also do you have a more exact location where the Redstart was seen?
    Kind Regards
    Ian Hampshire

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    • Look across from the coal tips Ian. There’s an area that has been design for viewing. Bull Test Track this is located along the roadside on the North Flashes between Cedrics Pool and Phalarope Pool opposite the Cattle pen. Stand at the gate and look to the right at the top of the track, scope advisable. If travelling to Lin Dike car park from the visitors centre there are 2 gates directly opposite each other its the right side gate.

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  39. 06/08/20 am. 12 Blk-tailed godwits east. 2+ chicks in nest and fledged juv at moat. Flashes 2 Cattle Egret 1 Gt Egret. 3 red kites o/hd. Main water bodies- c900 Gadwall, 180 Pochard 40+ Gt cr grebes. Bushes were heaving- 60+ Willow warbler,3 lesser whitethroat,3 whitethroat 5+ Reed warbler.

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  40. 03/08/20 2000-2100 Newton Lane. 2 Cattle Egret feeding around New Flash flew towards the moat presumably to roost. 2 Spoonbill flew west and possibly landed on Hickson Flash. 6 ad Common gull flew sw.

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  41. Looks like the recently arrived 2nd Cattle egret is missing primary in right wing ( around position of p7-p6.. Not seen a flight feat missing on the longstayer.

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  42. 2 Cattle egret on Spoonbill flash late am. Wonder if there might be 3 as birder reported 1 from Hickson Flash too but seemed to be describing Spoonbill Flash but would support sighting of 2 over swillington this am.
    Spoonbill 5 + chicks. Hobby, 6 red kite, Kestrel 2 sparrowhawk 1 Shelduck 3.

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  43. 30/07/20 am. Moat Cattle Egret 1. Spoonbill 9 & 2+ yg. Peregrine 1ad & 1 juv. Pylon by Cedric’s. Fall after rain Inc 60+ phyllosc (75-25 Willow w≥ chiff) Redstart (juv) whitethroat lesser whitethroat & sedge warbler. Main bay common tern 7+

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  44. 26/07/20 am. Main bay 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper.10 Teal. 3 juv Shelduck west. Moat/ flashes Cattle egret, 9Spoonbill Whinchat. Red kite and 4 Common buzzard and 2 Kestrel.

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  45. Cattle egret on moat this am with 10+: spoonbills (1+ juv) Birds flew east at 0545,. 0635, 0655. Single west at 0650. 3 flew in at 0635. Appeared to be trickle of sand Martin’s west.

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  46. 17/07am. Moat/flashes- Cattle egret, 8+ Spoonbills and 2 Greenshank. Red kite and 4+ C.Buzzard, sparrowhawk and 3 Kestrel. 3 Spoonbills (Inc 1 juv) arrived from east at 0630. Cut area 120 mute swans, grey lagx Canada hybrid l.egret and 2+t/creeper. VC copse 2+ siskins

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  47. 16/07/20 pm. Moat- Cattle Egret. 12+ Spoonbill (Inc 3+ juvs) 3 flew in from east at 1950. 1 west at 2000, 2 east at 2005, 1 east at 2055

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  48. 6 Spoonbills at the moat. Bert vdv reported 2 greenshank and 2 Whinchat in the Lin dyke area. Water levels looked to have peaked – 2 great Crest grebe nests very close to been covered. Emperor dragonfly at VC.

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  49. 06/07/20 pm Spoonbill 12+ ( 4 feeding on pickup at 2100hrs.) Singles east at 2020 hrs and 2047hrs. Appear to be 3 active nests with birds taking material into each this pm.
    One bird very aggressive so may have chicks. Top nest changeover at 2005hrs. Also pair of sub-adults mating and taking in nest material. Sparrowhawk over and 5 shelduck east.

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  50. 06/07/20 am. 12+ Spoonbill & cattle egret moat. BLK n grebe on Newton west Lagoon. 2 Whinchat ( hickons and new Flash). Red kite (very tatty) Water still rising on main bay and 2 gcgrebe nests at risk. Brood of 4 pochard west Lagoon.

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  51. 04/07/20 am Moat Cattle Egret and 7+ Spoonbill. Newton west Lagoon Black-necked grebe (ad) Flashes Hobby over.

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  52. 03/07/20.am Unusual Bh gull on main bay. On closed wing white chevron’s decreasing in size onwards. Largest bisected the wing and created a tiger stripe effect. Everything else looked normal so assuming abherent plumage rather than hybrid. 4 BLK tailed godwits and 6+ juv common terns and 2 juv avocets there also. Ringed plover on new flash

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  53. 01/07/20 am Moat/ Flashes 12 Spoonbill alot of nest building activity. 2 birds flew out east at 0940. Cattle Egret. 2 common Sandpiper 2 Green Sandpiper 5 LRP (Inc 1 fledged juv) Peregrine -adult plucking prey on pylon.. Black-necked grebe west lagoon. Keith Boyer reported Wood sand on Spoonbill Flash.

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  54. 27/06/20 am.
    Moat/flashes Spoonbill 16+.. Cattle Egret, Green sand 2 ,Common sand 1. Main bay Pied wag & white wag with 3 fledged juvs. 2+ fledged juv common terns & 6 juv avocets on main bay. 3 siskin flew sw.

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  55. The female paired with the German ringed male is distinctive- it has a missing inner primary on it’s right wing. Great egret just been reported at moat per Jason Higgins

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  56. 26/06/20 am. Cattle Egret moat. Bittern flew from south to west Lagoon at 0845hrs.
    Quite alot of Spoonbill activity-13+ present.inc 1 juv & 3 2nd CYr.
    2 flew in from east at 0445hrs. Ad west at 0605 and ad east at 0815. Was a change over on upper nest area at 0745 hrs preceded by fem circling the moat ( bird paired with German ringed bird)

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  57. 23/06/20 1900-2100hrs. Newton west Lagoon 3black-necked Grebe (Inc 2 fledged juvs) Moat Spoonbill 11+ Inc 2 fledged juvs and 3 sub-ads. 2 sub ads flew east at 1930hrs and 2 ads east at 2105hrs. Cuckoo heard at Newton.

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  58. 20/06/20 1950-2100hrs.Moat and Flashes. Spoonbill 10+(1juv & 2 3rd CYr) Couldn’t see German ringed male or it’s mate. 2 ad east at 2027 and single ad east at 2057hrs. Teal 5 , Cuckoo and water rail (Cedric’s). Couldn’t find Garganey.

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  59. 19/06/20 am. Flashes Cattle Egret, Green sand 1avocet chick, 11 Spoonbill, redshank, 31 juv little Egrets, 5Teal. Newton Lagoons- Bittern and bngrebe. Main Bay recent hatched 3 common tern chicks. 7 avocet- chicks. Reported Hobby.

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  60. 18/06/20 Hobby over flashes c0745 also redshank there.. Main Bay 2 almost full grown young avocets and 1 juv common tern and brood of 2 Pochard on there. c750 sand Martin main water bodies in the evening deluge.

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  61. 17/06/20 am. Flashes- Cattle Egret, yellow wag & 5yg Gadwall on moat. Main bay-Little gull (2cy). avocet- 3 broods

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  62. 16/06/20 Jason Higgins reported 1 of Spoonbills had fledged & single BLK nkd grebe on west Lagoon. Flashes Cattle Egret and 1 yellow wag 3 shoveler.. Main bay 2LRP and 2 avocet yg still looked to be 3 birds sitting ( resits?). RSPB looked to have put some signs up on Newton Lane by the 2 stiles near Newton cottages.

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  63. 14/06/20 am. Moat 11+ Spoonbill (Inc German ringed bird) 4yg. 2 broods large size diff. Oldest brood of 2 close to fledging.
    Good news Rspb advising seals on sluice gates to be fixed by Env agency on 15/06. And water levels peaked just below tern/ avocet/ and grebe nests on main bay didn’t check cut or village bay.
    Overhead 1 red kite and 12 common buzzard. 1-2 Black headed gull juvs recently fledged.

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  64. 13/06/20 am. Flashes- Green sand. 2. Shoveler 6 Teal. Cattle Egret, 20+ l.egret, 11- Spoonbill (2juvs) German ringed bird present. Lagoons- 3 cygnets west Lagoon. 2LRP.

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  65. Also juv little grebe village bay. 4 pairs of gw spotted woodpecker in my census area this year. Think reserve wide it must be a record year for them? But failing to get usual Willow tits down village end? Any reports from anyone?

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  66. 1600-1800hrs.
    Main Bay-Avocet 2-6/8ths juvs. Village Bay Common tern 20 ( some migrants?) Teal 2 drakes. Cut area Wigeon 2 drakes.
    Checked sluice. River pouring in through the faulty seals. River at 1m. Reserve at 0.4.m so potential to do lot of damage to nesting birds on main bay islands.etc unless river drops overnight.

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  67. Spoonbill 9 l.egret 20+ moat &. Hobby over. Cattle Egret ,2 Yellow wag, Lrp 125 Gadwall new Flash. 200 h.martin. 300+ Swift. Dead Reed warbler on road sadly.

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  68. 10/06/20 am. Moat – 8 Spoonbill + 2 yg. ( German ringed bird present). Lagoons BLK necked grebe and 1+ Lrp. . Main Bay 2+ LRP. Oy with yg and still 2 5/8th avocet yg. RSPb reporting Lapwing 1 young on New Flash.

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  69. 09/06/20 German ringed Spoonbill seen mating. No reports of the stained (blood) headed bird . 9 birds visible ( 1 sub- adult noted) No sign of BLK nkd grebe west Lagoon. Female Yellow wag new Flash. ( RSPb report a pair at Moat) Also 2 pairs Teal on moat. 2 over half grown avocet chicks Main bay must have a chance of surviving I hope now.

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  70. 08/06/20 0700hrs-1130hrs. Flashes Teal 2, Yellow wagtail 1. Moat/Newton Lagoons Spoonbill 8(Inc German ringed bird) LRP 2.Blk nkd grebe 1.Common Buzzard 3, Kestrel 1.

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  71. The colour ringed description of Spoonbill I previously gave are incorrect. The correct colour coding is given below. Please ignore previous posting today!!!. Apologies!

    Right leg
    Lime
    Gold
    Green (with tag)

    Left Leg
    Lime
    Green
    Red

    It was in the heronry this am. Also bittern booming (gave 2 weak booms) Newton Lagoons.

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  72. 07/06/20. My description of the colour rings on Spoonbill given here on 31/05 are incorrect. The correct description is below:-
    Right leg
    Lime
    Gold
    Green ( with tag)

    Left leg
    Yellow
    Green
    Red

    In the heronry again this morning.

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  73. 0730-1230hrs. Main bay area Dunlin 1 Lrp 2 grey wag 3 fledged juvs.barn owl* Flashes Shoveler 5, barnacle goose *1 ,Hobby,* Peregrine *, yellow wag. Moat Spoonbill 5.(1 subad) l.egret 23 juvs. House Martins and Swift’s were all across the site. Estimate 500 h.martins. Newton Lagoons – Shelduck acting like brood nearby but no young seen ( still 2 broods flashes) Very small young Little grebe on west lagoon. 2-3 cuckoo’s across site.
    Still issues with carpark barrier which should close at 2000hrs.and closed temporarily at 2030hrs last night.
    *= Report per Keith Boyer & Joe Seymour.

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  74. 04/06/20 Main bay Dunlin 1. C.sand 1. Flashes Teal 1drake. Shoveler 3 drakes 1 fem. Redshank. 4 avocet, 2 broods of shelduck. 7 Spoonbills on moat.

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  75. 2/06/20 Moat area 1930 to 2100hrs. Spoonbill 7. 1 flew off west at 2050hrs. 2 juv Mistle thrush – appeared recently fledged. Cuckoo around south lagoon. Rufous female seen along riverbank y’day. VC Car park was still open at 2130hrs though have been informed by RSPB staff should be closed 2000hrs to 0500hrs.

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  76. Flashes 1030-1330hrs. Gadwall brood on new flash and two broods of Shelduck on Spoonbill flash. Yellow Wagtail and Gswoodpecker feeding young. 8 spoonbills showing at moat with juv little egrets milling around all over. Brood of Gr cr grebes on each of three newton lagoons now with two pairs on LRPs up there displaying. Red Kite drifted low over VC when I left but unfortunately no sign of Purple Heron that flew this way from Swillington!

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  77. Moat/Newton Lagoons area 1930hrs to 2145 hrs. Spoonbill 12.(at least 2 sub-adults) 6 left east between 2015hrs and 2115hrs.. A pair seen mating -one at least was a sub-adult. 5 cygnets south lagoon. Still 3 yg gr cr grebe west Lagoon. 2 Mistle thrush Newton.

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  78. Moat 1115-1315hrs.
    Little egret. 17yg. 6 broods as follows. 4-2 western section. 2-4*-3-2 main heronry. * 2 of this brood has fledged.
    Spoonbill present with colour rings as follows:-
    Right leg
    Yellow
    Gold
    Green
    Left leg
    Yellow
    Green (with tag)
    Red.
    Pochard with 4yg. Assumed same brood y’day on Spoonbill ( originally 5 per Jason Higgins)

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  79. Lagoons 1930-2100hrs. 1spoonbill flew in from the east at 2025hrs and a bird flew out east at 2040. Possibly a changeover at the nest but can’t say for sure. At least one other adult roosting and 2 sub-adults. Gt white was in the heronry. Summer plum dark bill, feather extensions and lime green lores.. 3 yg gr cr. Grebe on west lagoon. 5 avocet chicks feeding on the spreads at dusk when returned by vc – where noticed access to viewing platform had been blocked off.

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  80. Main Bay am.
    Common Tern 19, Avocet 15 +5yng, Little Ringed Plover 4, Lapwing 3, Little Egret 1, Great Crested Grebe 8, Black-headed Gull 86, Herring Gull 69, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1.
    Village Bay am.
    2 Oystercatcher with 3yng
    Lin Dike pm
    Avocet 6, Little Ringed Plover 2,Lapwing 2, Great White Egret 1 (Dark Bill). Cetti’s Warblers singing almost everywhere and 2 Grasshopper Warblers singing, 1 near Warbler Corner and the other between the path, the railway embankment, pylon pool and car park.

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  81. 23/05 Main bay 1600-1700hrs Peregrine. Turnstone. Common Sandpiper LRP 3. Common tern c20. Swift c200. Oy chick still. 5 avo chicks- 3 broods.

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  82. Main Bay 7.30am – Mute Swan 18, Avocet 20 +5yng, C.Tern 19, LRP 2, Great Crested Grebe 11, Moorhen 3 +1yng, Tufted Duck 17, Gadwall 15, Mallard 14, Shoveler 2, Pochard 6, Domestic Duck 3, Coot 13, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 1, Shelduck 3, Black-headed Gull 52, Canada Goose 2, Greylag Goose 14.
    Village Bay 8.15am – Mute Swan 66, Oystercatcher 1, Greylag Goose 4, Canada Goose 8, Grey Heron 2, Mallard 15, Gadwall 9, Pochard 6, Tufted Duck 4, Shoveler 2,Coot 4, Great Crested Grebe 5, Cormorant 9, Cuckoo 1 and a Spoonbill flew off high East.
    Riverbank Trail – Yellowhammer pair, Garden Warbler 1, Blackcap 2.
    Butterflies and Dragonflies/Damselflies – Common Blue 1, Banded Demoiselle 3

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  83. Newton Lagoons/Moat area 0700 to 0930hrs. Spoonbill-7. Lt Egret 3 Teal-1.Gc grebe with 3yg on West Lagoon. Mistle Thrush-3. Common tern -2.. LRP -4.Cuckoo-1 9 (no sign of hepatic female). HOBBY-( per Jason Higgins) Green Woodpecker-4+. Butterflies – 1 Common Blue. On way back at VC Lesser Whitethroat singing in carpark and 4+ Brimstones..
    Main bay 2020-2100 hrs. Yellow Wag 2. Common Sandpiper-1. LRP -3. Shelduck 18. Common Tern 18.

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  84. Presumably same Great Egret at Moat c2100hrs(dark bill) also 6 Spoonbill and 2 Lt egret. On Newton Lagoons hepatic female cuckoo with a male in birch forest by west lagoon. Over 500 BLK hds hawking insects at dusk. Main bay c0800hrs 5 Dunlin and 1 ringed plover ( presumably same flock on Spoonbill flash. 6 avocet young and Oystercatcher chick there.c20 common tern and 50 mute swans.

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  85. Grasshopper warbler reeling last night at Lin Dike. Between the path, the railway embankment, pylon pool and car park. Wood Sand, 11 Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 LRP on Spoonbill Flash at 9pm. 2 Avocet on Hicksons Flash.

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  86. Main Bay 0800-0900 avocet2 3yg Oystercatcher 1yg. LRP 3, C.sand 1. C10 pr common tern. Red kite over village and “plenty”Sand Martin using the wall there. Pr Oy village bay island .

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  87. 15/05/20 Drake Garganey on Village bay island. Main bay Oy chick and 3 avocet chicks and pair shoveler and 4 drakes. Drake teal and pair of LRP. Single Dunlin. Saw first BLK head chicks on there yesterday. Moat 5 Spoonbills and 2 lt egret. Newton Lagoons. West lagoon gr crest grebe carrying 2yg.

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  88. Lin Dike this morning from 8am
    2 LRP, 4 Dunlin (2 West), Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet and a Linnet.
    Spoonbill, Dunlin and 3 Yellow Wagtail on New Flash.

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  89. Wood Sandpiper distant from Lin Dike hide this morning along with 4 LRP, 7 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Shelduck, 1 White Wag and 3 Common Terns.
    2 Avocets and 2 Common Terns on New Flash Cetti’s Warbler calling close by.
    3 Spoonbill from Coal Tips on Moat and a Turtle Dove flew through South.
    5 Avocet and a Cetti’s Warbler from Duck Feeding Platform (The Spreads).

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  90. At least 2 LRP display +1 ringed, 2 C sand 4+ spoonbill, 1GWE flew from left of Lin Dike hide 6 avocet , 2 diff lesser throats singing 1 gropper (per Richard Taylor) large no. Hirundine, swifts 30/04/20

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  91. Had a walk over from Castleford today. Up to village and back some highlights below.

    Bullholme lock area & Hicksons
    Avocet 3, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 2, Collared Dove 1, Fieldfare 7, Grey Wagtail 1, LBB 1, Little Egret 2, Tree Sparrow 2, Song Thrush 1, Shelduck 3, Sparrowhawk 1

    Spoonbill Flash
    Avocet 4, Cettis 1, Fieldfare 2 flew north, LRP 1, Sand Martin 1, Stock Dove 1, Swallow 1, Teal 8, Tufted Duck 15

    Lin Dike (Arrow Lane)
    Blackcap 4, House Martin 4, Common Whitethroat 1

    Coal Tips
    Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1, Green Woodpecker 2, Skylark 3, Willow Warbler 1
    South Lagoon
    Reed Warbler 1, Water Rail 1

    Big Hole & Redshale Road
    Collared Dove 1, Kestrel 1, Willow Warbler 1

    Discovery Trail & Pickup
    Avocet 2 flew east, Blackcap 3, Kingfisher 1, Sand Martin 1, Swallow 1, Willow Tit 1

    Riverbank Trail
    Blackcap 5, Chiffchaff 5, Oystercatcher 1 flew west, Song Thrush 1, Willow Warbler 1

    Main Bay – Bob Dickens
    Avocet 9, Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 1, Pochard 1, Teal 3, Tufted Duck 49

    Village Bay
    Gadwall 8, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 45

    Cut Lane
    Blackcap 1, Kingfisher 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Song Thrush 2, Swallow 1, Tree Sparrow 4, Willow Warbler 1

    Cut Area – Charlies Hide
    Avocet 1, Blackcap 1, Pochard 4, Tufted Duck 18

    Newton Lane (Fairburn village to VC)
    Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 4, Kestrel 1, Mistle Thrush 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Red-leg 1, Rook 2 in fields to north, Song Thrush 1

    Duck Feeding Platform – The Spreads
    Avocet 5, Cettis 1, Chiffchaff 1, Gadwall 3, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 4

    Newfield Plantation
    Buzzard 2

    Moat
    Cormorant 74 active nests, Gadwall 5, Grey Heron 12, House Martin 1, Little Egret 5, Sand Martin 17, Shoveler 7, Spoonbill 2, Swallow 1, Tufted Duck 9,

    Phalarope Pool
    Reed Warbler 1

    New Flash
    Avocet 2, Gadwall 24, H. Gull 1, House Martin 3, Sand Martin 2, Shelduck 2, Tufted Duck 2

    Cedrics
    Blackcap 1, Cettis 1, Sedge Warbler 1

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  92. 2 Cuckoo’s today Lin Dike area. Reed warblers, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cettis. All very vocal. Some Swallows about. Buzzards. Couple of Spoonbill seen in the henronry. Viewed from quite a distance.

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  93. Doing my daily exercising around Lin Dike since the lockdown. There are now numerous Willow Warblers and Blackcaps. Cettis are plentiful as well. As are Bullfinch. The odd Willow tit here and there. A pair of Pintail on Spoonbill flash this week on a few occasions. Great Egret there too. A few Avocets mooching about. A brief burst of song today which sounded very much like a Whitethroat. Only sang once for a second or two then was quiet!! Keeping my ears open over this coming weekend. Spoonbill may be sticking to the moat area. Haven’t walked down that far.

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  94. 19/03/20 Cut lane 0700-0800 Sand Martin 1(my first!) Gt crested grebe 35 main water bodies. Avocet2 Main bay. 1 cettis singing (low Holland new territory?) 1100-1300 Flashes with J.Buxton Spoonbill 1 (moat roosting) Gt egret – mobile. And presumably same cc Marsh harrier. Distinctive- extensive cream area on upperwing covs and on mantle assumed 2nd cal. Yr. Curlew 1. Wigeon 25.

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  95. Flashes from coal tips am 8 little egret, spoonbill, great egret, snipe, cc marsh harrier over west, cetti’s on se lagoon, 4 buzzards, 2 avocets over west; with Bev Watson

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  96. 18/03/20 am. Moat Spoonbill (subad) Gt egret 5 l.egrets and juv corms in nest. Main bay 4 avocet. Cut lane 2 pr kingfisher 2 oy. Few chiffs, goldcrest and treecreeper

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  97. 17/03 early am. Cut lane area. 4 Avocets. 2+ Chiffchaff. Singing Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Red Kite low over village.

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  98. Spoonbill sleeping in the Heronry, at the Moat. Great White Egret on the flashes, attended by 4 Little Egrets and 4 Herons. 4 Avocets on the Islands out from Bob Dickens Hide. Quite a few Chiffchaffs around the site now. 2 Oystercatchers also on the flashes.

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  99. 2 Sand Martins over moat, Great White Egret Flashes Spoonbill in trees moat , snipe over coal tips and single curlew flew west

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  100. 16/03/20 am. Moat- Spoonbill roosting c1300 at least- sub-adult. Cormorants with young in nest. New flash- Gt white egret.

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  101. C450 pink feet n/NW this am(5 parties). 4 Little egrets flashes. 80 fieldfare around most & hickson’s.3 red kites c15 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk & kestrel o/head.

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  102. 11/03/20. Quiet. 2+ Red kites and 10+ Buzzard peregrine 2. Best bird was a Redshank (flying over) per Keith Boyer. 6 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew. Cettis by sluice gates. Water back filling again thru sluice gates. Flashes ditches- RSPB has no plans to continue the ditch clearing that was interrupted by the floods.

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  103. WeBs Main Bay Pochard 22, Mallard 6, Tufted Duck 31, Grey Heron 1, Kingfisher 1, Goldeneye 4, Coot 2, Moorhen 1, Teal 2, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 1, Herring Gull 1, Common Gull 2, Great-crested Grebe 5, Black-headed Gull 99, Lapwing 1, Oystercatcher 2, Canada Goose 4, Gadwall 4, Kestrel 1, Buzzard 5.

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  104. WeBS Village Bay 31 tufted, 9 gc grebe, 4 bh gull, 1 heron, 7 corm, 1 mallard, 2 kingfisher, 8 goosander, 5 teal, 2 coot, 8 canada, 3 gadwall, 1 m swan, 1 moorhen

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  105. WeBS Cut Lane area 11 coot, m swan 2, 8 teal, 2 oystercatcher, 2 shoveler, 7 canada goose, 3 gc grebe, 1 bh gull, 26 tufted, 7 mallard, 1 dabchick, 1 heron, 2 dom mallard

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  106. 07/03/20am 1 red kite, 12+ buzzard. 6 Oystercatcher. Bittern gave brief grunt on North lagoon. Counted 26 grey heron nests from viewpoint. No sign any avocets on hickson’s.
    1700-1800- no large gulls / Black headed gulls roosting.

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  107. 03/03/20 am.No reports of waxwing last couple of days. On flood- Gt Egret. 90 Shoveler 40 Wigeon. 6 Curlew & 4 Oystercatcher. Cettis See lagoon and sponsa pool.c5000 starling at dusk.

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  108. 02/03/20 1000-1200hrs
    No reports from birders of Waxwing. Quiet. Willow tit & Kingfisher by river nr Iron Bridge. Grey Wag bulholme. 3 Gr wood between iron bridge and Stones. Grey Wag by Bulholme. On flood. 7 oystercatcher. 5 Curlew c30 Wigeon. Cettis singing nr Bulls on test. 2 Brown Hare north Flashes.

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  109. Waxwing still on Riverside by big copse in big bend in river. On flood 1 l.egrer, 30 Wigeon, 4 Oystercatcher & 6 Curlew. O/hd 6+ buzzard. 2 Grey wags by canal.

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  110. Roy Taylor trail – 2 Jay, 3 skylark, common gull, great-crested grebe, 3 goldeneye, 8 stock dove, 2 green woodpecker, 22 heron, 2 teal, 2 oystercatcher – no sign of waxwing on riverside path – with Bev Watson

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  111. On flood 1030-1145hrs. , Shelduck 15, l.egret 3, Curlew 1, Bhgull 1500, Cmn gull 4. Skylark 4, pwag 6. O/hd r.kite c10 buzzard 2 kestrel.

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  112. 25/02/2020 Access: Barnsdale Rd closed out of Castleford at 1100hrs still.4×4 getting through. 2Raven. 4 Red kites 10 buzzard 8+ shelduck.

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  113. 06/02/20 Main Bay roost 1600 to 1715. Herring Gull c2000 – could nt pick out any LBB’s. Merlin overhead at c1600hours flew over river towards Fryston then away to wards Brotherton.and lost to view.

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  114. 2 Short eared owls over coal tips ( thanks to Bert VDV and Vince P) Great White Egret on spoonbill flash and Whooper Swan on New Flash

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  115. 29/01/20 Main bay roost Herring gull 7500 +. Cut lane Kingfisher. Oystercatcher on cut area. Shooting after dark sounded like over cut area.

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      • 07/02/20 Beckfield farm area 1200-1400. Yellowhammer 23,Reed bunting 3, Red kite 2, sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Herring gull 400.

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      • 14/02 Access: .Newton lane open from Fairburn until New Flash (ie no access from Barnsdale road- use Back Newton lane.) Riverbank accessible from Cut lane. Wellies needed for Charlie’s Hide.
        0830-1130 Pink footed goose c600 nw. Maybe Keith b got exact number with boc total. He also had a Bittern and Grt Egret. Curlew 11 flashes

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  116. 9 redpoll & 1 siskin on discovery trail, 84 lapwing & 11 fieldfare on big hole. 77 goosander in roost & 2 goldeneye on west lagoon, coal tips.

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  117. 8- Shelduck , 10 GC grebes, 23 common gulls, 2 kingfishers, 10 goosesander, 2 little egrets, 1 pergrine, 3 buzzards, 1 skylark, 1 gw- egret 1 Whooper , 1 oystercatcher on Main Bay islands

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  118. 25/01/20 Gull roost Main bay. Herring gull 5000. Earlier Bvdv & vp et al reported hickson’s – wigeon 80. Newton lagoons- Bittern 1. Meadow pipit 2. Skylark 2. Flashes Gt white egret 1. Shoveler 130

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  119. 24/01/20 0900-1030hrs. Flashes. Grey heron 25 pair moat. Pintail 1. Wigeon 10. Little egret 1. Main bay roost from 1600-1700hrs. Herring gull 9000.

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    • Early evening Roy Taylor Trail.
      18 Goosander west lagoon, Kestrel, 3 singing Cettis, 9 Sand Martins east, 14 Little Egrets Moat/Pickup and single Spoonbill in heronry.
      With Keith Boyer

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  120. 22/01/20-Gull roost. Iceland gull (juv) Herring gull 2000+, Lbb 1. Reported earlier Gw egret, Marsh harrier (male) ,blackcap VC feeders. Pink footed goose c75 west at c1530hrs. Sightings per, vp,Js,jmb,bvdv.jh.

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  121. Gull Roost 21/01.Iceland Gull 1st/2nd winter found by Mark D & Bert VBV this evening. Extensive pale bill base but in fading light iris appeared dark. So could nt age with certainty.
    c5000 Herring gulls with apart from Main Bay a large number also on New Flash.

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  122. Lin Dike area treecreeper, goldcrest, kingfisher, 13 shelduck, goldeneye, 6 goosander, 2 greenfinch, 2 peregrine, common gull, gt sp woodpecker and roe deer. Flashes frozen over.

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    • Lin dike – bulholme area am 5 chiffchaff, treecreeper, 4 little egret, 5 cetti’s heard – 1 seen, oystercatcher, 8 goldeneye, curlew, willow tit – 2 avocet, 10 teal, 11 wigeon on hicksons

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  123. No sign of any whitefronts at village end 1015 to 1115 hrs. All of grey lags ( c225) appeared to be on view. Kingfisher performed cut lane. 8 buzzard and 1 red kites up. Kb reported whooper being bullied by couple of mute swans on flashes. Gt egret still about.

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  124. 15/01/20 Main bay gull roost 1500 hrs to 1630hrs. 5000 Herring gull. No sign whitefronts but as walked back after dark grey lags had moved off village bay island and moved onto water but too dark to check them again. Lot of kingfisher activity- cut lane & main bay. Also Chiffchaff down cut lane. 40 goosander on cut area.

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  125. Bittern 2, Redpoll 12,Shelduck 23 on spoonbill,common gull 17 big hole,Buzzard 5,Red kite 1, G.w.egret 1,Whooper 1 Plus 5 roe deer

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  126. WeBS Village Bay heron 2, herring gull 1, pochard 46, teal 51, shoveler 6, mallard 11, great black-backed gull 1, great crested grebe 5, tufted duck 19, black-headed gull 8, coot 7, goldeneye 3, gadwall 1

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  127. WeBS Cut Lane tufted duck 17, coot 4, great crested grebe 2, kingfisher 3, shoveler 35, mute swan 2, goosander 17, domestic mallard 2, pintail 1, moorhen 2, mallard 20, teal 15, goldeneye 5, pochard 14, heron 1, gadwall 1, cormorant 3, little egret 1, shelduck 2, dabchick 1

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  128. From Lin Dike over the coal tips and back: Willow Tit, Skylark on the coal tips, Cettis heard there, Bearded Tit heard and seen briefly. Another birdwatcher saw a Bittern in flight on the top. Back to Lin Dike hide 2 Great White Egret. At least 5 Little Egret dotted about. Numerous Shelduck, Water Rail calling behind the hide on other side of the dike.

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  129. Main Bay WeBs Count
    Pochard 29, Mallard 3, Tufted Duck 23, Grey Heron 2, Kingfisher 2 at screen, Goldeneye 6, Coot 4, Moorhen 6, Teal 17, Mute Swan 3, Cormorant 4, Herring Gull 9, Common Gull 4, Great Black-backed Gull 13, Sprawk 1, Goosander 3, Greylag 258, Great Crested Grebe 4, Peregrine 1.
    8 Siskin in Alders around Discovery Trail.

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  130. 10/01/20 reports include 180 pink feet overhead. Gt white egret flashes & Stonechat on se lagoon. Gull roost disappointing. About 750 Herring gulls present. Extreme skitty and kept flying round- left at 1545hrs. Uni

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  131. 09/01/20 2kingfisher by sluice gates down cut this pm. Notice river high and water pouring into reserve. Env agency seem unable to fix it? Will inform rspb. Gull roost c3000 Herring gull. Mark d reported 20 redpolls & 2 siskin in VC area.c4 little egrets village end and gt egret on flashes. Cut spit and island been cut so better outlook from Charlie’s hide.

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  132. Rangering on Jan 7th. Quite warm and feeling “springish”. Quiet on the bird front. Best were :-
    Song Thrush and Nuthatch at Visitor Centre feeders. Siskin and Redpolls in the Alders around the Discovery trail. 2 Willow Tit on Visitor Centre feeders, plus 1 at Pickup Hide. Common Gull at Big Hole. Kingfisher at its screen, plus a fox on the bank nearby.

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  133. Weasel plus Male and female king fishers at screen, goldcrest and tree creeper riverbank trail.GW egret spoonbill flash 2x greenwoodpecker Roy taylor trail.

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  134. 02/01/20 Flashes quiet for wildfowl. Just Gt egret & whooper of note – about 12 wigeon. Mixed flock of 100+ redwing/fieldfare in sheepfields. No sign short eared owl reported yesterday.
    Gull roost from 1500hrs -Caspian gull 1st winter in early but birds agitated and couldn’t refind it when birds re-settled on water. Left about 1600hrs by which time c3500 Herring gulls in roost.

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