Sunday, 4 January 2015

Three's A Crowd

I don't know what PL carries in his rucksack but it might be Scaup. Having found the long-staying drake male on No 4 last month, he found two more today which took to three on show on the reservoirs. He first saw the new duo on East Warwick before they flew over to West Warwick which was where JP and I found them. They seemed to be immature males but were both as tame and as sleepy as their counterpart which was still dozing on No 4.
    During another long visit I managed to close the most embarrassing gaps on my year list and also added Peregrine on the pylon next to Lockwood (which, rather inevitably, Pete also pointed out to me) - the first recorded on the patch. There was a female Goosander on Lockwood along with the usual pair of Goldeneye while the Common Sandpiper commuted between here and High Maynard with a second seen on No 4. The two Stonechats had moved to East Warwick where I also saw a Water Rail. Pete had another swimming across the stream next to the road through the reservoirs. The cold, grey day meant small birds were hard to find but there was one Chiffchaff as usual on the Lea at the south end of Lockwood with a second seen on the far side of West Warwick.
DB @porthkillier JP

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