Monday, 2 February 2015

Black-necked and friends still

After a glorious sunrise and with only a light breeze it was a pleasant walk to toft shallows at Draycote Water this morning with Keith managing to see the Black-necked Grebe, male Smew, Pink-footed Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese with out to much effort. Long distant views of 2 Little Egrets and as we reached Toft there were 4 Ravens overhead, the Water Rail performing off the board walk and a the end of toft bank Only other birds of note were 12 Gadwall, 126 Greylags, male and female Shoveler and 20 Pochard. All the usual suspects seen in the grandborough valley though Napton Reservoir was partially frozen. Luckily the Mute Swan davic ring No 4AUT managed to eventually free its self after falling through the ice and  becoming trapped for a while, best sighting was the 160 Golden Plover that came off the fields along Hill Rd Grandborough.

Crap record shots of rail and grebe, hands got too cold to be pissing about with a camera

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