Wednesday, 24 November 2010

No sign of yesterday's Ruff


Another degree or so colder today with the wind coming from the NNW. Dry throughout with some long sunny periods.


The adult female PEREGRINE was sat on her normal perch in the town centre this morning, whilst 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Blue Tits and 42 Feral Pigeons were also logged.


Frustratingly, no sign of yesterday's juvenile Ruff, which would have constituted my first of the year at the reservoirs had I seen it and heard about it in time. In fact, despite looking incredibly attractive to waders, nothing of note was seen..........

Great Crested Grebe (15)
Mute Swans (just 13)
Whooper Swans (the two resident adults)
Gadwall (7)
Shoveler (42)
Wigeon (175)
Common Teal (399)
Northern Pochard (67)
Tufted Duck (117)
Common Kestrel (male near the Cemetery)
EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER (172 on central bund)
Lapwing (massive increase - 432+)
DUNLIN (3 on bund)
COMMON SNIPE (8 feeding together on the mud to the right of the hide)
Black-headed Gulls (1,300+)
Common Gulls (57, mostly adults)
FIELDFARE (3 in tree near car park)

(1530-1630 hours)

No sign of the Bittern seen recently but 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 1 adult Mute Swan, a drake Shoveler, a female Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 squealing WATER RAILS, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Song Thrush, 15 Redwings, 3 Goldcrests (in the wood), 2 vocal CETTI'S WARBLERS, 403 Common Starlings in the reedbed roost and just 3 CORN BUNTINGS in.

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