Saturday, January 13, 2007

Saturday 13th January 2007

Flooding in the park is quite extensive today. It's probably unwise to walk across Press Mead at the moment but I did make it through without getting a welly full! Birds were few and far between this morning and the wildfowl counts on the main lake were down from last week:

Pochard 79
Tufted 11
Shoveller 32
Wigeon 25 Over
Goosander Still present

Several pairs of Great Crested Grebes were displaying and getting very territorial.

Had several sightings of kingfishers around the park.

Only one Teal seen on the Finger Lakes and no other ducks other than Mallards but did see a group of 10 Little Grebe!

And finally some pictures of the flooding:

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday 7th January 2007

Managed to remain dry for todays visit. Couldn't locate the Goosander today but still good numbers of wildfowl on the main lake:

Pochard 96
Tufted 21
Shoveller 39
Mute Swans 12
Cormorant 27

Again very little on the Finger Lakes:

4 Gadwall (2 pairs)
1 Teal
5 Little Grebe

Other birds seen were:

Blackcap 1m behind the sailing club.
28 Lapwing over.
1 Grey Wagtail by the canoe slalom.
Great Spotted Woodpecker including 1 drumming around the finger lakes.
Several Green Woodpeckers
Rook 20+ on Kingsmead.
Several Kingfisher sightings.