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Witches Oak Water Sighting by Rod Key

Posted: Friday 22nd December 2017 by Witchesoakwater

Friday 22nd December - The morning was overcast with very little or no wind to speak of. Vizability and light were generally good but with a low hanging mist over most of the lake which meant that some waters had to be visited twice to complete a count. This mist seemed to disappear about 10.45 a.m. The big highlight was the return of wintering duck species that this site is noted for. Yes the Smew had returned with a pair on the Reserve plus a second pair just off the reserve on the Western most pit. The birds were typically very flighty but it was nice to see them back. With an elusive "redhead" nearby on Church Wilne Water Ski Pit the day before 5 birds in a week should not be sniffed at. Otherwise duck numbers were still well down and nowhere near the totals that Vjc Bevan had on Monday. Other highlights were 2 Chiffchaffs and a singing Cettis Warbler. Counts on the reserve were as follows:- 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 63 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 1 Pochard, 93 Tufted Duck, 13 Goldeneye, 2 Smew,1 Sparrowhawk, 6 adult Common Gulls, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Chiffchgaff, 1 Goldcrest and 4 Long Tailed Tits. Elsewhere on site was a large flock of 292 Greylag Geese, 3 Goosander and 2 Common Buzzards. The only mammal noted was just of the Reserve in a field by the River Trent when I flushed a Hare whilst counting the Goose flock.

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