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Witches Oak Water by Vic Bevan

Posted: Thursday 25th January 2018 by Witchesoakwater

A bright sunny morning with a very light SW wind. Water levels on the reserve were very high after heavy rain with the usual entrance on Phase 2 underwater, and Phase 1 inaccessible after the sand martin bank. Still that left most of the reserve accessible for survey. A male and a redhead Smew on Lake 1, a Chiffchaff on the central bund on Phase 2, and a grand total of 45 Goldeneye (including 32 together on Lake 7) were the highlights. Waterbird counts were 2 Little Grebe, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 12 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 65 Wigeon, 70 Gadwall, 70 Teal, 35 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 165 Tufted Duck, 45 Goldeneye, 2 Smew, 4 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 63 Coot, 2 Snipe, and 60 Black-headed Gull. 2 Sparrowhawk and a good number of Bullfinch were the pick of the remaining birds seen, along with 4 Cettiā€™s Warbler calling.

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