21st May 2016

Another busy day at Cleveland  Lakes, this time with birders searching for the female Red-footed Falcon.

CWP Pit 74, viewed from Twitchers Gate: (11:30 – 2:15pm): 3 Little Egret, 6 drake Red-crested Pochard, 1 drake Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 2 male Ruff (1 male with black head & dark-brown body and the other black head & light-brown body), 15+ Common Tern, Cuckoo, 30+ Swift, dozens of Sand Martin and Swallows, and very large numbers of House Martins, plus a Nightingale singing. (Martin Adlam)

Cleveland Lakes Reserve: female Red-footed Falcon between 0900-1000hrs (Nigel Pleass) and then at 1535 in the hedgerow between 68B and 59 (John Grearson).   The bird moved along the row of trees and then flew north across 68B.  It appeared a little later moving east along towards the scrapes and then crossed back over 68A. (John Grearson). On the scrapes during the morning were 3 Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover (Nigel Pleass).

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Female Red-footed Falcon (C) John Grearson

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