Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Around the Manor

There hasn't been any reports coming from Manor Farm recently, so I decided to check it out today.
I parked at the viaduct end and had hardly left the car when a Little Egret came out of nowhere to land on the river bank. Another was on the settling lagoon, where there was also a redhead Goosander, which was constantly diving for food, - this pit must be quite deep as the bird was down for very long periods.
 Some pretty large numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings absolutely covered the grassy fields around the pits and a flock of around 50 Goldfinch fed in the longer grass.
 On the landscaped pit at least 100 Wigeon were scattered around and a small bird feeding in amongst them turned out to be a Green Sandpiper, while looking at this another Green Sand called as it flew  over towards the inlet area. A third Little Egret was paddling around this pit.A further 2 redhead goosander flew in and shortly afterwards a group of 6, 2 of them males flew over the site.
 I disturbed a Buzzard from one of the trees near the river and this in turn disturbed practically everything else that was around.
 Across the river on Cosgrove Lakes lots of Canada Geese, Tufted Ducks, Pochard and the odd Great-crested Grebe could be seen, and other than a Green Woodpecker probing in the grass that was about it.

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