Thursday, 30 December 2010

Thursday 30th December

For the second day in a row it was misty, foggy, miserable and dank. However, I decided it was time to have a search of the reservoir. The main reservoir is still largely ice covered with the water level having dropped a couple of feet which has resulting in the ice collapsing at the edges. Bird wise there was little to report with a single Goosander, 8 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 7 Pochard and 2 Gadwall. I think a good wind from any direction should break up the ice quickly.

I had a couple of roving tit flocks with around 40 Long-tailed tits, Treecreeper and a couple of Nuthatch.

From a personal point of view I have seen two species of bird in my garden this week that have not been recorded at Shustoke this year. The first was a Brambling that has spent a few days at my feeders the second, yesterday, was a Little Owl sat out in my Damson Tree 15 yards from the kitchen window. This was particularly annoying considering the amount of time I have spent looking at Shustoke for this particular species.

1 comment:

Tim Jones said...

Little Owl in the garden, jealous!