Saturday, 24 January 2015

Broadwater Gravel Pit

A morning visit in sunny, mild conditions provided the following species:-
Little Grebe (1), Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan (5), Greylag Goose (2), Canada Goose (12), Egyptian Goose (4), Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal (3), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye (6 including 3 drake), Goosander (pair), Red Kite (1), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Kestrel (1), Water Rail (1), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing (28), Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove (1), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (1), Common Kingfisher (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Grey Wagtail (2), Pied Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (4), Common Chiffchaff (18), Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Treecreeper (2), Eurasian Jay (1), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw (3), Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (3), Eurasian Bullfinch (3), Common Reed Bunting (4).
A fantastic number of Chiffchaff present along the River Colne side of the lake all making the most of the mild weather catching many of the emerging insects flying around. There has been a Siberian Chiffchaff amongst them recently but I did not see it today. One of the birds I photographed was sporting a BTO type metallic ring but I'm unable to read it despite my best efforts.


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