Saturday, 4 December 2010

Saturday 4 December

9am foggy, cold, dank, but with the run of birds recently I had to get out even though I had a late night last night with friends from Australia.

The reservoir was mainly frozen, and the first clear patch held 50 Wigeon and 2 Redshank, yesterdays 2 Dunlin were still present. At the east end there appeared to be a slight reduction in wildfowl numbers but there were still in excess of 120 Shoveler and over 450 Coot. There was no sign of any Gadwall, Goldeneye or yesterdays drake Pintail.

I checked out the path along the railway line but passerine wise it was very quiet apart from Redwing, a few Fieldfare and a small party of Siskin.

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