Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday 30th March

My first visit for a few weeks but not much has changed with cold weather hanging on for so long. Not much change in the forecast either! A lot of the Pochard have left but there are still good numbers of Tufted Ducks remaining. A male Goldeneye was also present on the main lake this morning. Gadwall numbers have reduced significantly, Teal are still present in low numbers and there were 4 Shoveler on 100 Acre.

No sign of any Chichaffs or Blackcaps this morning but a good number of Redwings were still present!

Raptors were the highlight of the morning with a low pass by a Red Kite topping the list. A male Sparrowhawk visited a nest at Kramer hide before perching up nearby. 3 Buzzards drifted north over Kingsmead.

3 pairs of Rooks have taken up residence in the trees on the south side of the main lake, as they did last year. Will they stay the course this year?

British Summer Time begins Sunday morning, not that you'd know it by the weather. The next guided bird walk is on Sunday at 9am BST. Meet outside the visitor centre as usual.

The 3 Buzzards with accompanying corvid

Little Egret departing the roost

Male Goldeneye

Male Pochard

Distant Red Kite

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