of Lesser Redpolls have been found. Short-eared Owls have wintered in reasonable
numbers, and a vantage position near the main car park gives a good all-round
view to look for this species. Raptors such as Merlin, Peregrine and Buzzard
are recorded occasionally. Although the site is not generally noted for
wildfowl, reasonable numbers of Goosander and Wigeon occur.
During the spring and autumn, the site is the best in the county for Wheatears
and Whinchats. Both species can occur anywhere, and can be frequently found
on the paths or adjacent fenceposts. Redstarts are also found regularly,
especially in the spring. The wader scrape attracts Common and Green Sandpipers,
Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers and Redshanks, with other species such
as Dunlin and Greenshank being less frequent. Wood Sandpiper and Grey Plover
have both been recorded, and spring mornings are also a good time to hear
or see the local Curlews. The healthy populations of otherwise declining
species, such as Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Linnet, are augmented
by summer visitors such as Yellow Wagtail and various warblers. Quails have
often been heard singing during the late spring, and passage Marsh Harriers
are being noted with increasing regularity.
For such a 'new' site, the list of local rarities recorded is quite impressive,
and includes Smew, Scaup, Hen Harrier, Mealy Redpoll, Great Skua, Blue-headed
Wagtail and Temminck's Stint.