Following on from last Saturday, this afternoon was another great day out on the reserve. During this time of year, there is lots of change with birds as summer migrants leave and winter visitors start to arrive. So no hirundines (swallows and martins) seen today as they’ve left Nottinghamshire now, except for a few late stragglers.
Winter visitors are slowly moving in and species seen this afternoon were:
Redwing – a flock of 24 flew west over the silt lagoons at 5pm, the first I’ve seen this autumn
Siskin – just a single flew south over the silt lagoons, calling
Lesser redpoll – a total of 12 (flock of 10 and two singles) flew south, calling, over the silt lagoons
Jay – 4 over silt lagoons. Possibly passage birds as large numbers have been seen arriving on the North Norfolk coast
Grey wagtail – tends to be seen more often during autumn and winter at Langford
Most summer migrants have left now but some species still moving through:
Wheatear – one on Phase 2
Chiffchaff – 2+ in the wood
Greenshank – a single bird was heard calling loudly as it flew south and then came in and landed on Phase 2
Other bird species seen were:
Green sandpiper – 3 on Phase 3
Common snipe – 12 on phases 2 and 3
Water rail – 2 calling from silt lagoons at dusk
Kingfisher – 2 on Phase 2
Little egret – 3 on Phases 2 and 3
Buzzard – one over wood
Sparrowhawk – male over silt lagoons
Cetti’s warbler – 2 singing silt lagoons
Goldcrest – 3+ in wood with long-tailed tit flock
Coal tit – one in wood with tit flock
Other wildlife seen included a roe deer, a fox, several frogs, a small tortoiseshell, and several migrant hawkers and common darters still active.
Thanks again for some more good records on site. We had more redpolls moving through on Sunday, as well as raven, jack snipe and grey wagtail.
2 whooper swans flew north west over Phase 2 this afternoon - the first of the winter.
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