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Witches Oak Water by Vic Bevan

Posted: Friday 12th January 2018 by Witchesoakwater

Overcast, grey and murky with a temperature of 6C and virtually no wind, but still good to be out on the reserve for the first time in 2018. Flooding has subsided, but water levels remain high with access tracks requiring wellington boots. Overall bird numbers have built up again since my previous visit, with the highlights being 2 redhead Smew, 11 Goosander and 24 Goldeneye. Waterbird counts were 3 Little Grebe, 23 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 10 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Goose, 195 Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 100 Teal, 35 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 230 Tufted Duck, 24 Goldeneye, 2 Smew, 11 Goosander, 3 Moorhen, 95 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 145 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Tit flocks comprising Great, Blue and Long-tailed were present throughout the reserve, along with a single Goldcrest and 6 calling Cettiā€™s Warblers. Happy New Year to all the Witches Oak Water volunteer team. I look forward to seeing you at working parties during 2018 beginning this coming Sunday.

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