Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Broadwater Gravel Pit, Harefield

An afternoon visit to Broadwater G.P produced the following species list;
Little Grebe (displaying pair), Great-crested Grebe (2 displaying pairs), Cormorant (16 occupied nests), Grey Heron (at least 1 occupied nest), Little Egret (1), Mute Swan (pair), Canada Goose (3), Egyptian Goose (1), Wigeon (6), Gadwall, Teal (6), Mallard, Shoveler Duck (several pairs), Pochard, Tufted Duck (several pairs), Goldeneye (26), Goosander (4), Red Kite (1), Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing (c50), Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove (pair), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (2 pairs), Green Woodpecker (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (2), Grey Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing (14), Chiffchaff (7 including a singing male), Goldcrest (8 including 2 singing males), Long-tailed Tit (building nest), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Treecreeper (singing male), Magpie, Jackdaw (9), Carrion Crow (pair), Chaffinch, Greenfinch (2 singing males), Goldfinch (16), Siskin (c30), Bullfinch (5), Reed Bunting (female).
I bumped into the bailiff while on my travels who informed me that he had been listening to a Tawny Owl calling from the woods several minutes before my arrival. He also explained to me that the proposed route for the Cross Rail  project will cut across several of the lakes in Harefield including part of Korda Lake and the River Colne thus destroying the wonderful wetland habitat at this SSI, a so called "Green Project" !?


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