Dave’s not been a hundred percent (man flu) and I’ve been Billy no mates for a couple of days so despite the continuing fog we decided to go out this morning hoping it would improve, not a chance.
We did manage to see Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting and Little Owl while trawling around in the gloom and our walk to toft shallows Draycote Water showed only a small stretch of open water with a few duck present with a few more resting on the ice. Total count was 16 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, male & female Shoveler, male Pintail, 120 Wigeon and 4 Barnacle Geese though these are probably of plastic origin.
Chris rang when Dave dropped me off home mid-morning so we arranged to have lunch at Brandon Marsh and see what the place could offer, only 70 Siskin, Jay and Nuthatch so took a risk and tried Draycote Water from the village end and surprisingly the fog had lifted slightly.
It certainly confirmed that 80% of reservoir is frozen though if the breeze continues it should break the ice up before New Years Day. Counts off draycote bank included 24 Goosander, 14 Shoveler, male Smew, 20 Pochard, 200 Wigeon and 12 Gadwall while Yellow-legged Gull was in the roost that was starting to build up.
Dave had a good moth catch last night with Chestnut, Satellite, 2 Winter Moth, Dark Chestnut and Scarce Umber.