Thursday, 20 December 2012

Rain, Rain & More Rain

Lade - 0900hrs - Mild, overcast, rain, se 4 - A shocker of a day with heavy rain falling for the past 24 hours resulting in even higher water levels on the gravel pits. On Lade pits singles of Smew and Goosander, plus 5 Goldeneyes with most of the wildfowl skulking in the shelter of the willows. A small tit flock included 3 Goldcrest in their midst.
RSPB - Crossing the causeway road the Black-throated Diver was showing on New Diggings along with 3 Smew and a Great White Egret. Over the road on ARC the usual hundreds of dabblers in the shallows. Nothing much from the visitors centre, overlooking Burrowes, apart from a Raven battling into the wind and rain.
Walland Marsh - Plenty of standing water on the farmland tracts where distant views of 40 plus Bewick`s Swans amongst the Mutes. Driving rain prevented any further useful birding today.

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