Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Broadwater Gravel Pit

An afternoon visit in mild conditions with hazy sunshine and very little wind provided the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Little Egret (1), Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose (4), Canada Goose (13), Hybrid Goose (1), Egyptian Goose (7), Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal (4), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye (5), Red Kite (3), Common Buzzard (2), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (6), Herring Gull (c50), Feral Rock Dove (1 over), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (4), Common Kingfisher (1), Green Woodpecker (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Grey Wagtail (pair), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cetti's Warbler (3 singing male), Common Chiffchaff (8), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Treecreeper (2), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (2), Eurasian Bullfinch (1). 
Along the river side of the lake a total of three Cetti's Warbler were heard bursting into song with one individual giving good views. The remains of a Canada Goose lay sprawled across the pathway and as I neared this a Red Fox was flushed from the undergrowth. Signs of spring was evident with Blackthorn, Colt's-foot and Lesser Celandine all in bloom.

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