A single male Pintail was present on Saturday in the company of 3 Wigeon. Not surprisingly it had departed for Sundays Webs count. Pintail is an uncommon winter visitor in Leicestershire. The winter distribution in the Bird Atlas 2007-11 shows a preference for grazing marshes , river floodplains and estuaries. It is the second Pintail at Thornton this year, following a female back in February.
The Webs count indicated a drop in the number of duck with only 106 Mallard, 34 Tufted and 22 Gadwall. Two Kingfisher and a Water Rail were also recorded. The Lapwing flock has now increased to 82.