We searched the area it was seen along with 3 other birders between 13.30 and 16.00 to no avail, a shame because it’s a bird on both our wish lists. We’re off to Crete soon so may get the chance to them there, fingers crossed.
On Pit No. 1 were 9 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 12 Coot and a mix of 25 Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull. On the Main Pit were 30+ Lapwing, 6 Oystercatcher and at least 3 Herron.
Other notable sightings in the area were Carrion Crow, Swift, Swallow, House and Sand Martin, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Long Tailed and Great Tit.
Red Backed Shrike courtesy of Mike Foley taken @ Brockholes Quarry 20th June 09
We also saw amongst the meadow several Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) pictured below.