Saturday, 1 February 2014

The pond with out rain

After a miserable week of rain and sleet most days and failing to see the River Welland Otters again it was nice to visit the pond at first light without the need for umbrellas or waterproofs. A chilly wind blew across as I searched for the Water Rail which was skulking near the boardwalk while a Little Egret clambered in nearby Sallow's with, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper also present.
The Long-tailed duck was close in shore in toft bay while the Great-northern Diver and male Smew were off farborough bank along with a nice group of 18 Goosander (4 Male). Plenty of Fieldfare, Redwing and Meadow Pipits present but no sign of any House Sparrows or Willow Tit in the rangers yard.

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