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Drakelow by Thomas Cockburn

Posted: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 by Drakelow

DRAKELOW NATURE RESERVE: Tuesday 23rd January 1145 – 1530. For most of the visit there was thick cloud cover and a 3 to 4 S wind gave a very acceptable 13C. Recent rains had brought the river level up to the bank top and it was starting to overflow in places. BIRDS: There was little to shout about in the bird world although the Long-tailed Duck was on view for most of the visit. Ducks were widely scattered with a good proportion on the secondary lagoon. The Goosanders were in good numbers with eight on the Main Lagoon and four in the North Pool. The Hooded Merganser could not be found. Ten Snipe were counted on the Strip and, earlier, seven Lapwings flew over. The Water Rail was very elusive below the GFH but its presence was noted when it started calling. MAMMALS: Only four Rabbits were seen over a complete circuit of the road system and a single Grey Squirrel visited the nut containers at the feeding station. Several fresh Mole-hills were seen on one of the Reserve’s paths. FUNGI: A fine specimen of Tremella mesenterica, an orange-coloured, brain-like fungus, which grows on dead wood was found along the Causeway. With thanks to AB and DH.

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