I spent eleven hours at the pond today. Arrived at 6:45am but there was no sign of the Green-winged Teal, Black-necked Grebes or Avocet so did a circuit finding a male Yellow Wagtail on farborough bank, 4 Great-northern Divers off rainbow, Red-necked Grebe in toft bay, Curlew heading north and 3 male Shoveler.
Parked by the visitors centre which had Brindled Pug and 2 Hebrew Character resting on the walls then walked to valve tower by which time three of the Great-northern Divers were circling reservoir before settling back down and a Redshank feeding by the perimeter road on saddle bank. On my return from the valve tower I found a Twite feeding on the gravel edge of the draycote bank access opposite the old trout farm and over the next 20 minutes it was constantly disturbed by runners, walkers and pram pushers eventually disappearing towards rainbow corner. My last record at Draycote Water was in 2001.
I spent some time in the country park but the low cloud never lifted till 3pm but through the gloom managed a Peregrine, 16 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing then news broke of the GWT being relocated off the Inlet but by the time I got there it had been flushed off by a fishing boat and I had lousy views of it miles away near dunn’s bay.
Not until I had arrived back in toft bay mid afternoon that I found out why the GWT had been elusive, a fishing boat had gone in to toft shallows unaware it was a conservation area or so they claim? which may not be surprising considering Severn Trent have let the barrier disappear below the surface and it can’t be seen.
Also seen today were:- Sand Martin 10, House Martin, Swallow 6, Gadwall 18, Goldeneye 2 female and one male, Goosander female, Blackcap 5, Chiffchaff, 8 Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Greylag Goose, Stock Dove 2, Teal 4 and Wigeon 2.
Just to put icing on the cake of a frustrating day buddy Dave trapped Dotted Chestnut in his home trap last night - a real rarity in this area and had not been seen for a hundred years until he trapped his first in October 2006 and now he has a second. I am not amused.