Saturday, 4 February 2012

Stockers Farm, Stockers Lake & Bury Lake

From the pumping station at Stockers Farm Road I headed towards Stockers Lake passing the once flooded field where c100 Starling a single Green Woodpecker and 3 Lapwing were noted.
With the cold snap continuing the majority of water at both lakes was frozen solid. Areas that were free of ice held concentrations of waterfowl all busily feeding. At Bury Lake  11 Red-crested Pochard, 9 Wigeon and a pair of Goldeneye were observed.
I then followed the River Colne to Stockers where I had a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher as it headed upstream. Then on arriving at the Kingfisher Hide I found a Nuthatch greedily feeding on nuts and seeds at the bird table.
From the preachers pulpit 4 Teal, 114 Northern Shoveler and 2 pairs of Red-crested Pochard were all noted under the heronry. I then headed back to Stockers Farm where several Fieldfare were busily feeding on Hawthorn.

                                          Wigeon at Bury Lake

                                                Icicles at the River Colne

                                           Fieldfare at Stockers Farm

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