Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A spring like pond

I forgot it was half term so by the time I walked back from toft shallows it was heaving with plebs and their offspring enjoying the spring like weather this morning and fascinated by the offloading of the fish stock by the platforms as the place gets ready for the season to start on 4th March..

Both the Great-northern Diver and the Long-tailed Duck were distant out in the centre while the male Smew was off farborough bank before being flushed by boats and remained in biggen bay for the rest of my visit. Toft shallows had a very showy Water Rail, drumming Great-spotted Woodpecker and a very pale Chiffchaff and by the time the cloud cover started coming in at least 11 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and 4 Raven had appeared over the grandborough valley.
Other sightings included 60 Wigeon, 22 Goldeneye, Green Woodpecker, Snipe and 500 Fieldfare

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