Monday, 10 January 2011

10 January 2011

A much warmer day today with the temperature reading 8c, the wind was light and from the south/southwest, it rained for over half the visit from light to heavy showers, complete cloud coverage, on the ice front over 50% of the main lake is now water with about 30% of water on the boating lake all the small pools are still frozen, visit was just short of 2hrs.

On the playing field was 4 Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrushes and singles of Redwing and Pied Wagtail, on the boating lake the female Goosander is still present with the 4 Shovelers, a couple of flocks of Siskins were flying around with at least 40+ present although Pete Lunt had 80 around the 1st gate, on the main lake 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 adult Great Black-backed Gull, 23 Pochard, 28 Tufted Ducks and 2 Goldeneyes, the 1st gate area of the nature reserve had a lot of birds feeding on the seeds and nuts left around the gate among the many Tits etc, 3 Coal Tits, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Bullfinch and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, its was a similar story by the top pool feeding area with 6 Greenfinches also present here, by the Turtle bridge a Buzzard was flushed and flew down towards the top pool being mobbed by Carrion Crows and Magpies, lastly back on the main lake and 5 Common Gulls were sat on the ice with the Black-headed Gulls.

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