Lots of comings and goings at the moment. Outward bound were around 100 house martins and 50 each of sand and swallows this evening - along with a couple of common sandpipers:
Perhaps the rarest bird of the week was found by Martin Hodges on D res on Sunday - kittiwake! A couple of years or so since the last they seldom stray inland. Ploughed fields are attracting good numbers of gulls into the roost now with 6 mediterranean gulls on Sunday the 8th too - one of the highest counts ever. This nearly put a very brief visit by a lone black tern on Saturday the 7th into the shade. All the details on Martin's and Erich's blogs.
New arrivals though however are the belted Galloway cattle of Nicola and Edward Duggleby from down the road at Beswick - that said these have freshly arrived from Skipton. The two calves are reportedly the offspring of Countryfile's Adam Henson's former bull:
here or even follow them on twitter @BeswickBelties
Talking of celebrities some of you may have caught a sterling performance on TV last night! The main drive of late has been to continue the establishment of the Greater Water Parsnip along the river Hull Berm - another 50 plants going in here with the great help of Brian Mallison and the volunteers here: