Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Continuing thaw

A bit more open water on Wilstone and Startops today – the thaw is slow but sure. The Black-tailed Godwit was very close today feeding up on the bank between the old and new overflow. Definitely the best views I have had of one at the reservoirs.

The Brent Goose was alternating between the usual field and the open water in the middle and a Little Egret was back today. Theoretically it could have moved to Water End, but I couldn’t find the Water Pipit today.

The female Peregrine was sat on a rock on the middle bank overlooking the open water for at least ten minutes and I saw it again later carrying something back to Wilstone as I headed over to Startops. On Startops the Snow Bunting was still present and the redhead Smew was also still there with a pair of Red-crested Pochard back from College Lake no doubt.

Roy Hargreaves

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