Saturday, 20 November 2010
From here many of the group assembled at the Whooper pond to see the 11am feeding of the birds. Here we had good close up views of Whooper and Mute Swans with one family group of Whoopers with two signets. The warden encouraged us to read out the ring numbers on the swans and she was able to tell us their history. Also seen from this hide were Mallard, Shoveller, Tufted, Teal, Gadwall and Widgeon. There were also Canada and Greylag Geese, Moorhen and Coot.
The avenue hedgerows produced Yellow Hammer, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, House Sparrows, Dunnock, Female Blackcap, Chiff Chaff, Mistle and Song Trush. The avenue hides overlooking the wet meadows produced more of the ducks including Pintail with Curlew and Lapwing, Pheasant, Wood Pidgeon, Goosander and Grey Heron along with more sightings of Roe Deer and a Fox. From the Avenue Tower Hide good numbers of the 8000 Barnacle Geese on site today were seen.
A marsh and sea watch from Salcots Hide produced a pair of Peregrine waiting for the incoming tide to provide them a hunting opportunity on the waders. Also seen from here were Oystercatcher, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starlings and Shelduck. More waders such as Snipe and Black Tailed Godwit were spotted at Follys Pond.
Those of us scanning the sky were rewarded with Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Fieldfare and Redwing. Birds that eluded us were the one Yellow Browed Warbler, twenty Waxwing and the one Green Winged Teal seen yesterday, but not today! But we did manage a total of 56 species recorded by the group.