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Drakelow sightings by Thomas Cockburn

Posted: Tuesday 14th January 2014 by Drakelow

Drakelow 14th January. Another visit on a cold, but bright, frosty morning. A further drop in river level was noted at the Tertiary Lagoon where the measure was 1.2 against 2.2 yesterday. The visit was amply rewarded when a Bittern flew out over the reed bed known colloquially as ‘The Crake Pool’. It was pure chance that I was looking over the reed bed at that given moment – such is the luck in bird watching. A count of the Shovelers showed that there had been a further increase to 165+ and the Tufted Ducks had increased to 75. Also on the Main Lagoon was Goldeneye (five) Goosander (five) Pochard (12) with 20 Lapwings on the Strip. The North Pool held the bulk of the c150 Teal and a variety of other ducks could also be seen here. A ringing session was underway and will be the subject of a later report. A Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were the only raptors recorded.

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