Friday, 16 January 2009

Winter Term - Friday 1 - Waters' Edge & Far Ings

Rats on Far Ings feeders!!
This morning at Waters' Edge was pretty disappointing, with a pair of Bullfinches being the only highlight. There were very few duck species and no sign of the normal Siskins & Redpolls. I couldn't face it again this afternoon, so called in at Far Ings instead. This was better, but still fell far short of vintage Far Ings - no Bittern, Kingfisher, Smew or Bearded Tits, but we did have a flock of 6 Bullfinches, which gave good views plus most of the usual wildfowl: Shoveler, Pochard, Teal & Gadwall. Also present Great Crested Grebe and several Cormorants in breeding plumage. There were at least 3 different Water Rails calling throughout the reserve. It was unusual for this time of year to only have one Goldeneye, a female, at this location. The feeding frenzy of Long-tailed Tits on the peanuts was a visual highlight. No sign of the normal Willow Tit though!

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