Draycote Water was a lot more active today due to the freezing conditions which produced a number of good local birds. The first was 2 adult Whooper Swans that flew over sailing club towards inlet but continued west followed by a calling Twite over toft bay. The fields behind rainbow are difficult to observe but when a Peregrine attacked one of the 700 Wood Pigeon and 225 Stock Dove in the area a number of smaller birds seeking shelter dived in to the hedgerow between outlet and rainbow corner including a male Brambling.
Most of the duck were sheltering from the bitter wind along draycote bank or the north shore including the 2 long staying female Common Scoter, 32 Pochard and 5 female Goosander, good to see Teal increase to 72 birds. The Curlew is still in the field behind farborough spit and must be one of the longest stayer’s I have recorded for some time – normally one day wonders since farming methods started to change along the River Leam in the late 80s.
Other sightings included 32 Siskin, 12 Lesser Redpolls, 19 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrest, 80 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 9 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 40 Goldfinch, 2 Jay and 35 Long-tailed Tit in three groups.