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Witches Oak Water Sighting by Rod Key

Posted: Thursday 12th October 2017 by Witchesoakwater

12th October - It was a pleasant morning initially with a WSW wind, force 2, which strengthened to force 3 by late morning. The reserve was fairly quiet with only 3 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher worthy of note. Counts on the reserve were 2 Little Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Mute Swans including 3 juveniles, 24 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 25 Shoveler, 109 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher and just 1 singing Robin. Most of the Wildfowl including Wigeon-102, Gadwall-29 and Shoveler-16 were just off the Reserve as was another Little Egret, 31 Cormorant, an adult Herring Gull and the only singing Cettis Warbler of the morning. Only 2 Butterflies were seen a White sp.-too distant to identify plus what was probably a Red Admiral. Also seen was a female Common Hawker.

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