Sunday, 22 March 2009

Post to NBBR by Chris G at 15:00, 22nd March 09

From lunchtime today
4 x Black Tailed Godwits, favouring either shallows in south east corner of main expanse of water (West lake) or small inlet to north west of same lake), still there at 2:00pm
Also over several sandmartin and my first swallow at 1:00pm
Others include, redshanks, green sandpiper, 2 x L Egret, buzzard over and briefly drake goosander

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Post made to NBBR by Chris G, 20th March 19:00

Wader pit gradually drying up, just a single Redshank and a pair of Teal in attendance.
However with the water going down mud is appearing elsewhere especially on the small inlet in the north west corner of the larger lake to the left. This too held a Redshank (maybe the same) half a dozen Snipe and a Green Sandpiper and you can get cracking close views here. To access go through gate on left hand side of usual viewing area (half way up hill) then down to follow back brook to second gate, through then again follow back brook towards Ouse, look for silted area already lush with grass. (Look for the Stronbow cider can). You're close now so quiet. Its easily crossable and on far bank the piled earth gives good cover and cracking views. You're still in the park so not tresspassing. Given what I saw today this area might be well worth watching over the coming days. For those less active its scope viewable from the other end at a distance along the Ouse bank path, keep looking back on yourself after you go through first two gates.

Also in valley area amongst others:
Kingfisher, Little Egret, GS Woodpecker, G Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 40 or so Fieldfare with a single Redwing, Treecreeper and numerous gulls which I can't even begin to decipher.
Highlight as I was leaving at dusk 3 x female Goosander heading into inlet mentioned above.