Thursday, 28 November 2013

Still waiting for Smew...

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, overcast, light airs - A repeat of yesterday weather wise along with dull, misty murky light. Plenty of wildfowl and Coot on south lake with a Marsh Harrier taking no more than a passing interest. It was so still this morning that Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler could easily be heard calling in the willow swamp over the far side of the lake. On north lake 3 Goldeneye and 5 Mipits passed over south.
ARC - 1500hrs - Checked from Hanson for a reported redhead Smew, but could find no sign of it. At least 5 Goldeneye amongst the diving duck and Coot, a flock of 200 Lapwing looking for somewhere safe to roost for the night, plus Marsh Harrier, Little Egret and Kestrel over. A flock of Long-tailed Tit and 2 Chiffchaff from the willow trail. At the south end a Great White Egret amongst several hundred Gadwall and Teal.

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