Wednesday, 23 December 2009

More Ice.

The reservoir is now about three quarters iced over. Today I had at least 46 Great Crested grebes, also present 40 Wigeon,20 Pochard and 6 Little grebe. A single male Shoveler and the juv. Scaup. Only a scattering of gulls this afternoon in the roost until the fog rolled in. Ringing on the rough was succesful with a total of 31 birds, including 2 Reed buntings and 3 Goldfinch. News for the 22 December included two flocks of Golden plover, about 60 birds in total, all heading S.W. and 12 Teal on the res. 3 Goosander flew over on the 21 December.

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