Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday 24/11/2012

Well my post last week prompted a change of fortune and DK had a Slavonian Grebe turn up yesterday morning. The good news is that it was still there this morning!

Slavonian Grebe (Winter Plumage)
After the fog cleared a bit I managed to get some record shots when it came in reasonably close to the fishing swims at east end of the main lake.

Slav with Great Crested Grebe in background
Slavonian Grebe
As well as this little gem we had good views of Water Rail. A Lesser Redpoll was seen with a party of Siskins. Redwings were few and far between this morning, a singleton and a group of 7 were all we had to show, and we failed to see any Fieldfares at all.

A Kingfisher was quite active along the main path early on and the usual mix of wintering ducks were present.

Riverside fields were completely under water this morning and the new sluice was working well, even the old sluice was in action!

Anybody coming on the guided walk in the morning, I suggest you wear wellies or sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the visitor centre at 9am.  
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