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03 Dec 2017

Wildlife sightings for 3rd December 2017

1 Goldeneye – main lake

2 Shelduck – wader scrape

2 Pintail – grazing marsh

7 Snipe – grazing marsh, wader scrape

40 Lapwing – main lake

19 Redwing – entrance area and flew over S, SW

5 Mandarin – reservoir lagoon

1 Chiffchaff – wildside


November bird highlights: Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Red Kite, Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Ring Ouzel, Stonechat, Linnet, Firecrest, Brambling, Skylark, Water Pipit, Bullfinch.

The grazing marsh is partly flooded, attracting good numbers of Wigeon and Shoveler, as well as Water Pipit. The fences around the marsh are a good spot for species like Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and occasional Skylark, while the muddier or tussocky parts of the marsh, main lake and wader scrape may have some waders (like Dunlin or Snipe).

Tree blocks with a good mix of Willows may hold some interesting Warbler species or Firecrest, often mixed in with more common Tits and Goldcrests. Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin and Redpoll continue to arrive for the winter ahead. The Fieldfares and Redwings are feeding on the Hawthorn, Dog Rose, Blackthorn and Guelder Rose across the site, while the Finch species favour the Silver Birch and Alder trees.

The first Bittern of the winter can mostly be found on the main lake north, south or south-east shores. There was a Bearded Tit recorded early in November, not far from the Headley Hide, and there may be more sightings as it gets colder.