Friday, 4 January 2013

Unseasonably Mild

Lade - 1100hrs - Mild, cloudy, sw 2 - A late start due to B&B guests wanting to natter the morning away. From the off it was another very mild day with myriads of flying insects around the willow swamp, much to the appreciation of a small flock of tits and Goldcrests. Cetti`s Warbler and Water Rail also vocal. Marsh Harrier and Kestrel noted, but duck numbers were low with only 2 Goldeneye of interest. Hundreds of gull came to roost on the water with the approaching high tide including an adult Yellow-legged Gull.
ARC/New Diggings - 1400hrs - By now the wind had died away completely and the lakes resembled mill ponds. Over a thousand ducks were scattered across ARC, mostly Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall and Teal, plus 6 Smew and 8 Goldeneye, but I couldn`t find the reported Scaup. From Hanson 2 Marsh Harriers and a Water Rail, plus a Bittern from Screen hide. A couple of thousand Lapwings flew in from the east and circled round looking for somewhere to landed on the flooded pit before eventually settling down on the Desert behind the water tower. On New Diggings 3 more Smew and 2 Great White Egrets.

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