Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Years' Day highlights

Boughton Lodge Farm: GREAT WHITE EGRET flew NE at 09:55 (and was later picked up further along the Ouse Valley near Brampton).

Northern Pits: juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Diddington Pit, viewable from the public footpath SE of Diddington village (north of Boughton Lodge Farm); also drake Red-crested Pochard. Immature SHAG also still on Pumphouse Pit, which is viewable from public rights of way at the far NW end of the Pit (Stirtloe end). Also present were 5 redhead Smew, 5 Pintail (2 drakes) and a single Dunlin.

A1 North Pit: 2 Scaup still present, plus 4 drake Red-crested Pochard together at far west end of pit. Pair of Pintail flew over, heading north. Nearby male Brambling again with the Chaffinch flock and 9 Corn Buntings.

Heronry Pits: drake Goosander from Kingfisher Hide and a Chiffchaff along Haul Road.

Island Pit: redhead Goosander flew south; 2-3 Brown Hares.

Washout Pit: Water Rail showing briefly.

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