Tuesday, 5 January 2010

January 5th 2010

I joined up with Bob for a walk around the pond and this cold spell has finally started to take a grip on the place with two thirds of toft bay frozen. At the start the visibility was good but deteriorated as the predicted snow showers arrived. The 2 Great-northern Divers, male Smew and Common Scoter were all off draycote bank along with an influx of Goosander (18m & 16f) while dotted around the reservoir we have had an increase in some of the more commoner duck species with 200+ Wigeon, 160 Teal, 65 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 35 Goldeneye and 15 Gadwall. A lot of gulls were in biggen bay but despite a good search we were disappointed not to even pick out a Yellow-legged. Very few passerines seen but at least 8 Wren are surviving the sub-zero conditions along with 20 Robins while 20+ Redwing were feeding on leaf litter. Only other birds of interest were 2 Green Woodpecker, 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard and 8 Meadow Pipit.
The Long Lawford Great White Egret was present early this morning and may have been the one seen at Brandon Marsh just over an hour later.


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