Sightings March 2015
Sunday 22nd March
A Knot was found this morning [1st site record] on Cottages Flash at 08:40 [Mick Tring] whilst I was scouting around Thrumpton for any sign of yesterdays Shrike. Thankfully it was still present when I eventually got on site and showed very well after around an hour of watching it. It was still present on a return visit late afternoon to 17:00 at least. Also 2 Oystercatcher, Little Egret, 6 Teal, 2 Sand Martin and several singing Chiffchaff in the woodland areas.
Knot - Cottages Flash
Saturday 21st March
Little Egret flew over Cottages Flash early morning and several Fieldfare on the riverside fields. News then broke of a Great Grey Shrike on the river path at the Long Eaton New Workings. I fancied my chances of relocating this bird on the Thrumpton side of the river, but despite searching the area for over 4hrs, the Shrike was never seen again on either side of the river.
Little Egret - Cottages Flash
Thursday 19th March
A Spoonbill Flew low over Cottages Flash towards Attenborough at 07:42. After a short spell over the river it returned to Cottages Flash at c10:45 but then flew off high North West 11:05. This is the first sight record of this species landing on the patch, the two previous birds were both flyovers.
Tuesday 17th March
Female Stonechat near Beeston Weir this afternoon [M.Tring]
Sunday 15th March
Female Merlin flew over Cottages Flash this morning [Paul Buxton].
Friday 13th March
Cettis Warbler, calling from Barton Island this morning, c100 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing and 3 Chiffchaff Barton Flash], 3 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher and c60 Wigeon Cottages Flash.