Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Martin, Bob and Sue met at the Reserve on a beautiful morning, and were soon hearing great spotted woodpeckers drumming, thrushes singing, and plenty of ducks. The latter included shelduck, mallard, gadwall, shoveler, a lone female ruddy duck, tufted, and pochard. Overhead, two sparrowhawks and a common buzzard were seen. Other highlights included a singing male reed bunting, calling bullfinch, treecreeper, chiffchaff and a goldcrest. Stock doves were also seen and heard singing.
Fine views were had of Egyptian, Canada and greylag geese, though waders were limited to a few lapwing and a snipe. Great crested grebes and a little grebe were also seen. Jays and green woodpeckers were also noted, along with the usual gulls – black headed, common, and lesser black backed. Martin pointed out that what we had taken to be squirrels were in fact two ring necked parakeets.
After a pause for lunch, we headed off to Bough Beech, were there was a fine flock of goosanders and a handsome male goldeneye. Plenty of snipe were seen there, and a couple of wigeon. A kingfisher was a bonus for some. Our tally for the most enjoyable day was 60 species.
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Pictures shown above by Bob Pask.