Sunday, 16 October 2011

COMMON SCOTER moves from Wilstone to College Lake

Warren Claydon, Steve Rodwell and Dave Bilcock enjoyed excellent views of this adult drake COMMON SCOTER at Wilstone Reservoir late morning, swimming not far out from the car park steps.....

Not a bad day at College Lake today - the drake COMMON SCOTER from Wilstone ended up spending most of the day on the main lake, obviously feeding well, and was still there at 6pm. Also, 7 NORTHERN PINTAILS (4 drakes), 14 Gadwall, 39 Shoveler, 19 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 54 Pochard and 116 Tufted Duck. Highlight of the day though was a SHORT-EARED OWL which was actually spotted thermaling at around 250 ft with five buzzards. Personally I have never seen anything like this and for a time doubted my ID skills! Good numbers of Fieldfare going through all day, and Redwings around the hedgerows around the reserve (Paul Reed)

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