Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Long way to come to be mobbed

Back from a Christmas break in Greece to freezing conditions at Draycote Water at first light with just the male Smew on show as we walked out to the spit where the 2 female Common Scoter could be seen attached to the Tufted Duck flock in toft bay. As we stood chatting Dave picked up a Merlin mobbing a flyover Grey Plover which continued north west over the reservoir while the Merlin turned back heading towards the visitor centre before reappearing on her way towards toft shallows. Distant mist prevented a decent count of Goosanders but 4 Little Egret and 2 Yellow-legged Gull noted. Napton Reservoir had Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Teal, Wigeon and Gadwall.

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