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Witches Oak Water by Rod Key

Posted: Sunday 7th January 2018 by Witchesoakwater

It was a cold but bright morning with a NE force 2 wind blowing which strengthened to force 4 by late morning. Phase 1 was only approachable by walking as there was even more water under the A50 bridge. The main reserve on Phase 2 was completely open with just a small area of ankle deep water over part of the bund. Most pools had a thin layer of ice around the edges. Birdwise it was fairly quiet with the highlights being a Shelduck and 20 Goldeneye although a Water Rail and a Sparrowhawk were nice to see. Totals on the reserve were 4 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Cormorants, 4 Mute Swans, 15 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, 145 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 93 Tufted Duck, 20 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 2 Common Gulls and 9 Blackbirds. Elsewhere on the site no Smew could be found at all but 3 Goosander were present along with 73 more Wigeon and 62 Gadwall. A pleasant introduction to the new year.

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