Friday, 15 February 2008
A stroll around the pond late afternoon, a cold north east breeze and overcast conditions, more like February now. Water levels are still dropping along with the duck numbers, Pochard down to 26 now but still 6 Wigeon hanging on. A Willow Tit was a nice find feeding around the main car park, and a Grey Wagtail along the shore. Wildfowl counts were 32 Tufted Duck, 63 Mallard, 67 Coot, 11 G C Grebe, 13 Little Grebe,and a female Ruddy Duck. Along the far side 15 Siskins and 2 Lesser Redpolls in the alders, along with 5 Goldcrest and 3 Coal Tit.A Buzzard drifted east/west and a Green Woody was around the small pool, 5 male Bullfinches along the stream and a Kingfisher by the waterfall, 3 Red-legged Partridges were along Bixell Lane also a Mistle Thrush and 12 Linnet.Around the horse paddocks were 2 Tree Sparrows, 14 Redwing and several Goldfinch and Chaffinch, good numbers of Gulls were flying in before i left mainly Black headed but 18 Common Gull and 47 L B B Gulls were noted, and just before dusk 16 Goosanders flew in from the west (4 males).