Monday, 4 January 2010

Bits and Bobs

A quick look on the meadows outside Newport Pagnell only produced a few Greylags with no sign of the Whitefront (it was however seen later that day) The river itself held an impressive 11 Goosander (3 drakes and 8 redheads) and a Water Rail was in the reeds.
A lap of the North Lake at Willen revealed at least 4 Water Rails running around the inlet stream and a Cettis Warbler was calling.
The Lake itself was entirely frozen,save for a couple of holes which were cram packed with Ducks (Mallard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufteds and Pochard) and Coot .
From the hide 300 Lapwing 5 Snipeand 20 Teal were stood on the ice and 29 Cormorants were sat in a tree on the island.
Late afternoon I checked out the Chaffinch roost at Backwood. About 100 chaffinches came down to land in the Rhododendrons but no Bramblings were seen. A couple of Treecreepers chased each other around a tree trunk and a Muntjac barked continuously while I waited.

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