Friday, 23 January 2015

It’s Oh So Quiet...Ssshhh...It’s Oh So Still

I don’t have much to report from today (though there is news to be told). I was rather hoping the cold spell of the last few days would have shaken things up but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The adult drake Scaup was on the Lockwood and the two immature drakes were on No.4, showing somewhat better than I have seen them up till now.

Though No.1 was partially iced up the birds seemed to be in perky mood in the sunshine, a gang of male Mallards chased a single female, Little Grebes trilled, Great Crested Grebes danced (on No.3.) and a lot of Cormorants are on nests on No.5.

There are plenty of Gulls about lately; the best I could manage however was a few Great Black-backed loafing in a favourite spot on the causeway between Nos. 4 & 5.

Whilst up on the Lockwood I had a yeartick of sorts, Dan B on a lunchtime walk. He told me of a couple of his recent sightings; a female Scaup and, better still, a female Marsh Harrier that flew North over the filter beds early one morning last week, a site tick for him and a welcome addition to the patch year list. It’s pretty early for Marsh Harrier so hopefully it bodes well for another later in the year.

PW @birdingprof

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