Sunday 22 December 2013

Black-throated Diver

Lade - cloudy, mild, rain, sw 3 - The foul weather continued throughout the morning with heavy rain and a blustery wind, although it did ease off through the afternoon. Checking the wildfowl was not easy as most were trying to shelter from the wind around the margins and in the willow swamp. Still large numbers on south lake though, while on north lake 3 Goldeneye were the highlight.
Burrowes - 1500hrs - Accompanied Marshman this afternoon to check out a Black-throated Diver on the bird reserve, which showed from Dennis`s hide though distant. Also present, 3 redhead Smew, 5 Goldeneye, a redhead Goosander, 3 Marsh Harriers and a Great White Egret.
ARC - From Screen hide 5 Goosanders, including a drake, on the water amongst hundreds of common diving ducks, plus 3 Little and a Great White Egret in front of the hide; at dusk 4 Great Whites dropped into roost on the far side of the pit. Also, noted 6 Long-tailed Tits, Sparrowhawk and heard only Raven, Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler.

                                Black-throated Diver, Burrowes

                                   Great White Egret, ARC

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