I saw 33 species, of which one was new for me at this site, taking my total after nine visits to 52 species. Here are the highlights!
- Today's new species was a Pied Wagtail flying over, near Wychall Reservoir.
- Goldcrests, Goldcrests, everywhere. I keep religiously checking each one just in case of wintering Firecrests, probably a bit optimistic but you never know....
- My highest count yet of Tufted Ducks on Merecroft Pool, 13. A slightly more modest (compared to previous highs) 14 Teal on Wychall Reservoir.
- A smattering of Siskins in the tall pines on the far side of Merecroft Pool (in back gardens).
|Mist-erious Merecroft Pool!|
|The area behind the dam (HDR).|
I was a bit short of time this week so skipped the area not open to the public and the west extension; still managed a fairly respectable list though. After all the recent rain water levels were looking as high as I've seen them so far - my last visit was the first time I'd seen water flowing from Merecroft Pool into the overflow next to the dam, and today the volume of water seemed to have increased slightly:
|I would probably not risk crossing these now!|
FULL BIRD LIST
|Blackbird||Great Tit||Mute Swan|
|Blue Tit||Grey Heron||Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)|
|Carrion Crow||Herring Gull||Siskin|
|Coal Tit||Jackdaw||Song Thrush|
|Coot||Lesser Black-backed Gull||Teal|
|Feral Pigeon||Long-tailed Tit||Tufted Duck|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Moorhen||Wren|