Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bits and pieces

Driving across Walland in the early morning gloom 52 Bewick Swans and the 2 Whooper swans could be seen at Midley but no sign of yesterday afternoons Waxwings.
The Black-throated Diver, 2 Great white Egrets, a red head Smew and 4 Goldeneye could be seen on the New Diggings from the causeway.
At sea from The Point the usual Auks, Red-throated Divers, Kittiwakes, Great Crested Grebes and Gannets tooing and froing. The Glaucous Gull was hunkered down on the beach by the fishing boats.
On the reserve a Great White Egret by the entrance track and 3+ Marsh harriers around. On Burrowes 5 Smew (1 drake), 2 Goosanders, 6 Goldeneye and 100s each of Gadwall, Teal, Shoveller, Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck with 10+ Pintail. The highlight was 2 Herring Gulls trying to drown one another in front of Makepiece.
On Scotney 1000+ each of Golden Plover and Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, the feral Barnacle Geese and little else. 

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