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Witches Oak Water by Rod Key

Posted: Thursday 25th January 2018 by Witchesoakwater

The morning was very bright and pleasant with a NW wind, force 2 blowing which increased to force 4 by late morning. Phase 1 could again only be accessed by walking as the water level under the A50 bridge had risen considerably and draining into Lake 1. The water levels in the pits was, obviously very high with water still over the central bund in one/two places but the level was fairly shallow enough to wade through with wellies. Highlight on the reserve were the usual 4 Smew-2 drakes on Phase 1-but flighty, 33 Goldeneye and a female Pintail. Counts on the reserve were 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorants, 1 Canada Goose, 26 Wigeon, 40 Gadwall-total site count was 99, 92 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Pochard, 141 Tufted Duck, 33 Goldeneye, 4 Smew, 10 Blackbirds and 7 Long Tailed Tits. On the rest of the site were 1 Shelduck, another 59 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler and a Goosander. At one place on the wet/muddy buds recent Deer slots were found possibly from a Muntjac.

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