Saturday, 8 March 2008
8-30 / 9-40 a strong south west wind overcast. Water levels are now increasing. Main pool very quite only 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Pieds on the shore line, wildfowl numbers 19 Great Crested Grebe, 68 Wigeon (all feeding around the small pool), 28 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 37 Mallard, 62 Coot, 2 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Mute Swan, and 8 Moorhen. Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush and 5 Redwing feeding on the short grass around the small pool. Along Bixhill Lane 33 Pied Wagtails feeding in ploughed field, the field looks good for Wheatear and Yellow Wags ?. Also present along the lane several Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, and 4 Red Legged Partridge. Around the Horse Paddock 2 more Redwing, Song and Mistle Thrush and Bullfinch , no sign of any Tree Sparrows. Back at the car park a drake Shoveler noted at the western end, nice to see these at Shustoke , they are more frequent at nearby Ladywalk and on cliff pool Kingsbury where the water levels are lower , all the Pochard now seem to have moved on. Also present this morning 2 Grey Heron, 2 LBB Gulls and a Common Gull. (S Seal).