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Drakelow sightings by Thomas Cockburn

Posted: Thursday 14th December 2017 by Drakelow

DRAKELOW NATURE RESERVE: Thursday 14th December 1130 – 1315. This was a cold day with snow cover that was thawing. All waters were frozen with a small patch in the ML remaining open. Counts, from the MH, were Mallard – c90; Teal – 21; Gadwall – 15: Shoveler – 30: Pintail – one male; Goldeneye – three (two males); Long-tailed Duck – one female. A Water Rail was below the GFH and was seen sever times sliding across the ice. Also see were Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and Coal Tit. A solitary Buzzard crossed the area and a Sparrowhawk, briefly, crossed the feeding station area. MAMMALS: A Red Fox was reported and a Grey Squirrel was at the feeding station. Only one rabbit was seen. My thanks to Bob Stone who got me to the GFH and to KW.

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