Saturday, 11 October 2014

Broadwater Gravel PIt

I visited mid-afternoon in sunny, mild conditions and followed the footpath along the River Colne eventually reaching the yacht club. Here the skies darkened rapidly and before too long I was caught in a heavy shower of rain and ended up completely drenched. The return leg back along the canal side of the lake towards the causeway was uncomfortable. I was surprised how over-grown the causeway had become and I had to force my way through some thick undergrowth to finally return to the Colne side of the lake. Before heading off home I stopped briefly to warm myself up at a huge bonfire that the fisherman had gratefully left behind.
A full list of species observed as follows:-
Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Little Egret (15), Grey Heron, Mute Swan (pair present with at least one large cygnet), Greylag Goose (45), Canada Goose, Gadwall, Common Teal (4), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Water Rail (heard only), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Red Kite (2), Common Buzzard (1), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Kestrel (1), Northern Lapwing (13), Common Snipe (5), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Common Kingfisher (1), Ring-necked Parakeet (5), Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Common Chiffchaff (1), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Common Treecreeper, Eurasian Jay (2), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw (7), Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch.


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