Witches Oak Water sightings report by Vic Bevan

First collared dove

Very quiet on the reserve today with lower numbers of birds than would normally be expected at this time of year; probably due to disturbance from the willow burning yesterday evening. Birds of note included a female Goosander, 20 Grey Heron, 35 Pochard, 16 Goldeneye, and a flyover Collared Dove (my first for the reserve).

Full count 1 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 55 Cormorant, 20 Grey Heron, 9 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Goose, 20 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 44 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 35 Pochard, 239 Tufted Duck, 16 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Moorhen, 87 Coot, 10 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 230 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull.