Sunday, 29 January 2017

Newmillerdam - 29 January 2017

Calm, dry and sunny this morning so the lakeside path was very busy. About 30% of the water was covered in thin ice.

In the fields by Park Plantation there were 100 woodpigeon mixed in with some carrion crows to one side of the bridleway and c20 rooks with some more crows to the other. There was also a flock of c30 redwing. At Seckar Wood there was a yellowhammer calling from an oak on the heathland and another bird was returning the call. Rook and yellowhammer were new for the year, bringing the list to 59.

A flock of 15 long-tailed tits were roaming the woodland as were c30 birds in a mixed flock of goldfinches, chaffinches and siskins.

Black-headed gull (228), Canada goose (21), common gull (2), coot (27), goosander (1f), herring gull (1), kingfisher (1), little grebe (2), mallard (241), moorhen (6), mute swan (6), pochard (2), teal (1), tufted duck (22), whooper swan (1).

Friday 27th
There were three teal on the lake on Friday. The two that have been here since the 20th and another male that was on its own. Just two Canada geese were on the lake. The two single pochards and the juvenile whooper swan were still present.

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