- Very frustratingly, I heard what I'm 98% certain was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming several times, and calling once - but I couldn't see it! It was coming from the vicinity of a large Willow next to Merecroft Pool, at the edge of the paddocks. I'm not awfully familiar with the drum and call of LSW having heard it so infrequently, but the drumming was certainly much less deep and resonant than I would expect to hear from a Great Spotted Woodpecker. It matches well with recordings I've listened to subsequently. Plus if it had been a GSW I think I would probably have been able to see it, given that they are so much bigger!
- The male Shoveler was still present on Merecroft Pool.
- Stock Doves were also once again more in evidence than on most previous visits.
- After losing its mate and being AWOL last week, one of the Mute Swans had returned.
- No Goosanders on Merecroft Pool, but I did see three fly over.
- A Little Grebe was still present on Merecroft Pool.
- I caught a very brief glimpse of a Lesser Redpoll, where I have seen them before - eating seeds from the Phragmites seedheads around Wychall Reservoir.
- Four Teal on Wychall Reservoir.
- I heard a green Woodpecker from Popes Lane.
- Lovely singing Treecreepers in the West Extension.
- Roosting Redwings settling down for the night in the West Extension.
- Another mammal encounter, also in the West Extension - a smashing Fox who regarded me for some time before setting off on a patrol of the reserve perimeter, all the while keeping one eye on me!
|Merecroft Pool just visible through the trees (HDR).|
|Probable location of the drumming Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - the tallest Willow on the right (HDR).|
|This Coot seemed happy to pose for photos.|
FULL BIRD LIST
|Black-headed Gull||Greenfinch||Mute Swan|
|Blue Tit||Grey Heron||Nuthatch|
|Coal Tit||Lesser Black-backed Gull||Siskin|
|Coot||Lesser Redpoll||Stock Dove|
|Dunnock||Lesser Spotted Woodpecker||Teal|
|Goldfinch||Long-tailed Tit||Tufted Duck|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Mallard||Wren|