Saturday, 31 January 2015

Broadwater Gravel Pit

An afternoon visit in overcast conditions with light rain produced the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Little Egret (2), Grey Heron, Mute Swan (2), Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal (6), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye (7), Goosander (2), Red Kite (1), Common Kestrel (1), Water Rail (4), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Northern Lapwing (1), Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (2), Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull (12), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (2), Common Kingfisher (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Grey Wagtail (2), Pied Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Common Chiffchaff (23), Goldcrest (8), Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Treecreeper (1), Common Magpie, Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (12), Eurasian Bullfinch (3), Common Reed Bunting (3).
Along the length of River Colne an incredible 23 Common Chiffchaff were present feeding among the overhanging foliage beating my previous tally of 18 observed on the 24th January. Goldcrest numbers had increased too with a total of 8 seen.

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