Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thursday 6th January

This is what Shustoke used to be like – quiet with not a lot happening! Amazingly the Reservoir is still largely covered in ice, as a result there were few wildfowl although there were a total of 18 Goosander the most for a while. There were a few large gulls loafing around on the ice with good numbers of Lesser Black-backs and Herring Gull, 4 Common and 3 Gt Black-backeds.

There were a few more passerines around but try as I might I cannot find the Siskin or the Redpoll that were here at the end of last year. I did however see Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit amongst others.

In total 45 species today.

With the weather set to take a turn for the worse it will be interesting to see if we have any of the firework of pre Xmas.

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