Monday, 3 January 2011

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve, Stockers Lake & Bury Lake

Steve Carter and myself spent the late morning and early afternoon birding a few of our local patches adding to our annual species list.
The majority of water at Maple Lodge was frozen over with the exception of the Clubhouse Lake where a small area of open water remained. Here waterfowl were congregated with a single Little Grebe putting in a brief appearance.
A Ring-necked Parakeet was noted at the feeding station as 2 Siskin were observed briefly overhead.
At Stockers Lake 3 Goosander were noted on the River Colne as was  single Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Little Egret. On the lake itself a few Goldeneye were feeding on a small area of open water at the south end and a single Egyptian Goose was busily preening on an island. At Bury Lake, which also held a small area of open water, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, c12 Wigeon and c60 Canada Geese were observed. 

                                         Goosander (male) on the River Colne at Stockers Lake.

                                        Tufted Duck on the River Colne at Stockers Lake.

                                         Little Egret feeding on the bank on the River Colne.
                                          Water Rail on the River Colne at Stockers lake.

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