I conducted a belated wetland bird survey count with the thaw now under way and temperatures reaching a balmy 5 degrees centigrade with light rain falling. Both waters were still mainly frozen with Bury Lake holding more open water than Stockers. At the heronry a few pairs of Grey Heron were observed displaying at their nests with several unoccupied nests noted.
Considering the school holidays have begun it was relatively quiet with only a few dog walkers and a brave lone fisherman present.
Species observed as follows:-
Great-crested Grebe (3), Cormorant (30), Grey Heron (9), Mute Swan (72), Canada Goose (50), Domestic Canada Goose (1), Hybrid Canada Goose/Greylag Goose (1), Mallard (54), Northern Shoveler (77), Northern Pochard (10), Tufted Duck (66), Water Rail (1), Common Moorhen (11), Eurasian Coot (185),
Black-headed Gull (150), Common Gull (9), Lesser Black-backed Gull (2), Feral Rock Dove (1), Stock Dove (1), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (2), Great-spotted Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (2), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay (2), Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow (3), Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch (4), Goldfinch (8), Siskin (c30).
While at Stockers I met a fellow birder who informed me that a Woodcock had been noted in the flooded Alderwood yesterday before being flushed, a great record for the lake.