Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Muddy wetlands

Fortunately, the weather forecast of heavy rain didn't materialise, and, although it was overcast and quite dark, I didn't have any rain in the wetlands and little wind. The rainy weather of the last few weeks has left the paths very muddy, especially on the north side. Other than the lady in the Wild Cafe, I had the reserve to myself until about 12:30, when I came across two people in East Hide.
 I walked around the perimeter of the reserve anticlockwise as usual and started and finished in East Hide. The various bird feeders on the east side of the reserve were busy with Siskin, Chaffinch, Long tailed tits, Blue tits and Tree sparrows and Bullfinch.
 Strangely, there were few geese in the reserve today, I saw just one Canada and two Greylags, but there was a large flock of Shelduck and many Redshank around.
As I was photographing the cormorants on the raft in main lake, a bird flew across the lake, a green woodpecker. I saw it again as I left the hide, feeding on the grassy verges of Dryham Lane.
Teal were noisy and displaying in circles around females. See a little clip here of their courtship antics:

A group of Long-tailed tits stayed around the feeders by East hide
A male and two female Bullfinch under feeders
a group of 14 Red-legged partridge by the north hedge
A male Great tit inspecting nest box. It took some nest material out and came back.
Great Black-backed, Herring and Common gulls resting on a shallow area opposite Crosslands hide.

Bird list
  1. Black-headed Gull    
  2. Blackbird    
  3. Blue Tit    
  4. Bullfinch 3   
  5. Canada Goose 1   
  6. Carrion Crow    
  7. Chaffinch    
  8. Common Gull    
  9. Coot    
  10. Cormorant 2   
  11. Dunnock 1   
  12. Gadwall 20 +  
  13. Goldfinch    
  14. Great Black-backed Gull 1   
  15. Great Crested Grebe 1   
  16. Great Tit   N - visiting probable Nest site
  17. Green Woodpecker 1   
  18. Greenfinch    
  19. Greylag Goose 2   
  20. Herring Gull    
  21. House Sparrow    
  22. Jackdaw    
  23. Kestrel 1   
  24. Lapwing    
  25. Long-tailed Tit    
  26. Magpie    
  27. Mallard    
  28. Moorhen    
  29. Mute Swan 4   
  30. Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1   
  31. Pochard 20 +  
  32. Red-legged Partridge 14   
  33. Redshank 10 +  
  34. Robin   S - Singing male
  35. Rook    
  36. Shelduck 45 +  
  37. Siskin 2   
  38. Snipe 1   
  39. Teal   D - courtship and Display
  40. Tree Sparrow 4   
  41. Tufted Duck    
  42. Wigeon    
  43. Woodpigeon   S - Singing male
  44. Wren 2

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