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01 Dec 2018

Siskins up high on the Alder trees

Siskin feeding on Alder cones

2 Shelduck – wader scrape

1 Goldeneye –

3 Pintail – main lake, grazing marsh

8 Mandarin – wildside

4 Snipe – grazing marsh

4 Siskin – sheltered lagoon

3 Coal Tit – South route feeders & entrance feeders

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.

 

Fungi: (October/November) Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.