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Drakelow by Thomas Cockburn

Posted: Wednesday 7th February 2018 by Drakelow

DRAKELOW NATURE RESERVE: Wednesday 7th February 1030 – 1330. This was a short visit to assess the flood pools and, generally get some exercise. It was a bright but cold day with a NE/3 wind and a temperature that was 2/3C. Most of the smaller waters were iced over but the larger waters were only about a third iced. In the heronry there was much activity at the nests and a Little Egret was enjoying a good preen in the sunshine in the same area. The Wigeon number was clearly up at around 120 and Shovelers numbered 45 with 40 of them in the North Pool. The Great Crested Grebe was on the ML and there were single Little Grebes on three waters. A Sparrowhawk made a speculative visit to the feeding station, where a Water Rail had been seen earlier, but was out of luck. The only wader species noted involved 18 Lapwings that flew over and went down into the station area. FLOOD: Several visitors have ventured through the flood pool without dire consequences but the depth remains the same. However, when it is frozen damage to the vehicle could result and a mud-flap has already been dislodged. With thanks to Mick, Ron, Bob and RW.

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