Thursday, 2 January 2014

Stockers Lake & Stockers Farm

My New Years birding began with an afternoon visit to Stockers Lake & Farm in sunny, mild conditions with the following species observed :-
Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Black Swan (1), Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard (pair copulating), Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard (pair), Common Goldeneye (4), Goosander (1 over briefly), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (6), Little Owl (1 Stockers Farm), Green Woodpecker (1), Grey Wagtail (1), Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Redwing (c20 Stockers Farm), Fieldfare, Chiffchaff (4), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Treecreeper, Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin.   
Along the bank of the River Colne a total of 4 Chiffchaff including one bird showing characteristics of the race tristis were observed feeding on flying insects in the winter sunshine.

                                                      House Sparrow at Stockers Farm

                                        Chiffchaff probable race tristis at Stockers Lake

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