Friday, 19 December 2014

Scaup's not scarpered yet

The drake Scaup remains on No 4 and is attracting a steady flow of visitors. It is even tamer now than earlier in the week and does not bother waking up when people approach. Two Goldeneye were on No 5 where there were 16 Shelduck on the islands. Four Meadow Pipits - the first I have seen for a few weeks on the reservoirs - flew out of the field at the east end. A Stonechat was on East Warwick and Paul and I had another on the marsh from the bottom of West Warwick when we were watching the five feeding Little Egrets that JN had reported from the train. Our planned walk round Lockwood to look for the Med Gull from yesterday was aborted when we met JP and Jonathan who said there was no sign. They had three more Goldeneye with a Common Sand on High Maynard. A brief stop at the Filter Beds also failed to connect with the Med Gull but we did see - and Paul heard - three Goldcrests in the fir trees. DB @porthkillier

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