Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Arctic Willen

With the big freeze continuing I took a walk around Willen today. Most of the 2 lakes were frozen over, with just a few areas of open water.
At the inlet stream a Water Rail ran around just a few feet away . 
 The North Lake held masses of Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall, a few Teal and Great-crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe and singles of Little Egret, Snipe and Kingfisher. 
An odd sight was this Chinese Water Deer walking around on the ice before it wandered off onto the island.                                                                                                                    

Chinese Water Deer
 On South Lake the water birds were much the same as the North, with the addition of 12 Goosander , 3 Goldeneye and a few Shoveler. 15 Siskins were feeding in some bank side Alders.
Heron

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