Tuesday, 2 April 2013
I finally found some motivation to get the optics out at the weekend. Im glad I did, nothing to challenge the pages of rare bird websites but most enjoyable. The reservoir still had a good covering of ice on it in places but the good news the water level had dropped leaving the island on show and plenty of bank for passing waders (hose pipe ban on its way) Nothing in the way of the latter but LRPs are back and a couple of snipe too made use of the shallow water around the island. In fact most of the activity was there. Not a mega but something we dont see very often here, a male Shoveler. It was just a shame it never woke up. Other waterfowl included good numbers of Goosander, Teal and Tufties. On the wader front only Curlew and Lapwing as well as those mentioned. 6 Willow Tits all fed in a small tree good numbers in the space of 3 yards. A quick run upto the Roaches to view the Peregrine rounded off it off nicely.