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Witches Oak Water by Vic Bevan

Posted: Friday 19th January 2018 by Witchesoakwater

A beautiful frosty winter morning 2C with blue skies and a very light wind. Perfect for a wildfowl count on the reserve. A male Smew was almost the first bird to be seen from the car park, and this was followed by a further male and a redhead. 6 Goosander was a nice find, and Goldeneye numbers had grown to 42. Full count 4 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 11 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Goose, 115 Wigeon, 65 Gadwall, 69 Teal, 4 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 226 Tufted Duck, 42 Goldeneye, 3 Smew, 6 Goosander, 1 Moorhen, 108 Coot, 80 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Herring Gull. 3 Cettiā€™s Warbler were calling, and a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard were soaring over the reserve.

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