Sunday, 31 January 2016

30-01-16 Broadwater Gravel Pit

An afternoon visit provided the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant (4 occupied nests), Grey Heron (6 occupied nests), Mute Swan, Canada Goose (pair), Eurasian Wigeon (28), Gadwall, Common Teal (2), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye (4), Red Kite (1), Northern Lapwing (13), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet, Common Kingfisher (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Grey Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler (2 singing male), Common Chiffchaff (10), Siberian Chiffchaff (1), Firecrest (1), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch (1), Common Treecreeper (2), Eurasian Jay (1), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin, Common Bullfinch (2), Common Reed Bunting (3).

A single Firecrest was observed near the heronry viewing area feeding among the Ivy covered Alders. This was the first time I had seen this species at this site.

A Siberian Chiffchaff  fed along the bank of the Colne with several Common Chiffchaff, its dull grey plumage and pale breast most obvious.

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