Yippee – the weekday warriors are back in business – out with Bob this morning.
A Dunlin greeted our arrival at Draycote Water as it landed by the fishing pontoons and the male Smew remained off farborough bank with a few Goosanders.
With no wind, gloomy conditions and the threat of rain we walked out to toft shallows before Bob continued on. The big thaw has certainly reduced duck and grebe numbers with 80 Great-crested Grebe, 40 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 15 Goosander, 15 Goldeneye and 12 Wigeon amongst a couple of hundred Tufted Duck and Mallard plus 100 Teal loafing in toft bay. Three Shelduck were out in the centre and Bob relocated Saturdays female Scaup off lin croft point. The only other birds of note were Siskin and Goldcrest in toft shallows, a lone Redwing but no Fieldfare, 80 Lapwing, 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and I thought I heard a Ringed Plover.