Witches Oak Water sightings report by Vic Bevan

Great egret appears again

A sunny morning, cold with a heavy frost. The first bird seen on entering the reserve was a Great White Egret, only the second sighting for the year. Other notable sightings were Green Sandpiper, Shelduck and 2 Kingfishers. Wildfowl numbers continuing to increase with the first Goldeneye of the winter, and new reserve maxima of 19 Grey Heron and 14 Moorhen, 

Full count - 5 Little Grebe, 34 Great Crested Grebe, 55 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 19 Grey Heron, 12 Mute Swan, 30 Canada Goose, 1 Shelduck, 37 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 110 Teal, 100 Mallard, 20 Shoveler, 27 Pochard, 287 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 14 Moorhen, 97 Coot, 12 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 230 Black-headed Gull and 1 Common Gull.