Calm early on with whatever air movement there was from SE. Later a NW breeze picked up. Very low cloud/drizzle till 10:00 then some sunshine with the odd shower.
Blackbird 19 grounded
Redwing 40 grounded
Fieldfare 9 grounded
Song Thrush 7 grounded
Mistle Thrush 2 grounded
Skylark 2 east
Woodpigeon 6 north
Reed Bunting 1 present
Cetti’s Warbler 1 singing on the west and 1 on the east of the track
Water Rail 3 present
Goldcrest 2 present
Had a trundle around (10:00-12:00).
Quite a few thrushes milling about/feeding - mostly on the western side of the reserve.
Fieldfare c65 (including a group of c45 that dropped in at 11:15).
Song Thrush c10.
Gadwall 29 on 'Non-Swimming Pool' plus a pair of Teal and 2 Little Grebes
Also, a pair of Gadwall on the 'Main Boating/Swan Lake' plus a Grey Heron
Water Rail 2 squealing in Central Marsh
Sparrowhawk fem/imm - quite active
Cetti's Warbler three singing
Blackcap male close to 'ringing area'
Brambling 2 heading southeast
Siskin 4 in trees near Yellow Gate/Golf Course then East
Blackbird 18 feeding on berries
Carrion Crow flock of 26 present
Woodpigeon 18 south
Collared Dove 2 south
Chaffinch 2 south
Chiffchaff 1 by the fire pond
Brambling 1 in the trees near the boardwalk
Heliport High water - ref Pete
Greenfinch 40 feeding on recently cut seeds
|Jack Snipe - unmistakable profile,|
a rubbish picture, but better than I normally manage.
|Some of the Curlew waiting for the tide to expose their favoured feeding area on skear.|