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05 Dec 2018

2 Bittern and Goldeneye showing well

2 Bittern – main lake (N shore)

1 Goldeneye – reservoir lagoon

2 Pintail – grazing marsh

1 Shelduck – main lake

4 Snipe – grazing marsh

1 Water Pipit – grazing marsh

250 Starling – flew E to roost p.m.


November bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Great White Egret, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, Stonechat, Brambling, Water Pipit, Skylark.

Bitterns (up to 2 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Listen out for possible Bearded Tit in the reedbed; this species often appears during November/December. Alder and Birch trees across the reserve hold some mixed flocks of Goldfinch, Siskin and a few Redpoll.


Winter fungi: Candlesnuff, White Saddle, Common Bonnet, Dingy Twiglet, Clustered Bonnet,  Silverleaf, Snowy Waxcap, Angel’s Bonnet, Crystal Brain, Yellow Brain, Yellowin Knight, Willow Bark-spot.