A nice party of 7 Red-crested Pochards (4m&3f) were off toft bank till flushed by a walker and drifted in to an approaching fishing boat and took flight eventually being re-located off hensborough bank loosely joining last week’s immature male. Also seen were 50 Meadow Pipit, 13 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. Surrounding hedges had a few Fieldfare and Redwing with more present in the car park. Napton on the Hill had 330 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing and 30 Blackbird grounded with at least 8 Mistle Thrush, 3 Raven and 2 Buzzard around. Napton Reservoir is all most full now and the only wildfowl of note was a female Shoveler and a male Gadwall. More winter thrushes in the surrounding hedges.
Fridays heavy rain put paid to seeing LMS Royal Scot Class 7P 4-6-0 no 46115 Scots Guardsman being transferred from Carnforth to Southall so took the opportunity to see it on its way back north when it stopped at Rugby for water this afternoon.