|Autumn colour by Forge Mill Lake.|
The most exciting sightings of the day were some very lively Water Rails! They'd been wailing on and off all morning from the reeds and rushes around the lake edge, and we'd had a couple of snatched glimpses of the skulkers. Then in the afternoon, something obviously came to a head because after some more squealing, 2 Water Rails burst out of the vegetation and started chasing each other around the lake edge, both in flight and in the water. This continued intermittently for some time, with the Rails going out of sight and quieting down for a bit, only to reappear again and recommence their antics! We had some awesome views of them doing this, and at one point while we could see them both, we heard 2 other Water Rails calling from opposite ends of the lake. So there must have been at least 4 Water Rails present, brilliant!
I attempted some drawings of a pair of Goosanders that were sitting resting and preening on the boom across the lake but they are pretty shonky, except maybe the female at the top!
|Common Gull field notes.|
N.B. the gull was standing on one leg - I didn't just miss one out ;o)