Monday, 10 December 2012

More Barnacles

At Johnson's Corner this morning 36 Waxwings sitting in atop the roadside bushes.
The juvenile Black-throated Diver was still on New Diggings from the causeway this morning along with 2 Great White Egrets and 4 Goldeneye.
At Boulderwall 20+ Tree sparrows round the feeders and another Great White Egret in the field adjacent to the farm from the entrance track. Despite walking round the reserve twice this morning there was no sign of yesterdays Ring-necked Duck, but 5+ Marsh Harriers , 1 Bittern, 2 Bearded Tits, 5 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 1 Avocet, 2 red head Smew and a redhead Goosander were seen. On the ARC from Hanson 2 Goldeneye and a Kingfisher but little else of note. The Willow Trail held a roving Tit flock with Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits, 2 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff.
A very wary party of Barnacle Geese
A look Scotney GP found little of note apart from the feral Barnacle Goose flock had grown from 60+ to 80+ including a very wary party of 6.
Late afternoon back on the reserve I made my way to Makepiece Hide to watch Gulls coming to roost sadly very few did, the Goosander put in another appearance as did did a Smew and the Avocet was still on its island.

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