Little Grebe (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Goldeneye (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Another venue changed at the last minute to cope with the very high winds. The most exciting bird today was the Redhead Smew on 'O' reservoir. We had a pair of Grey Wagtails on 'O' reservoir, and then possibly a second pair on 'D' reservoir. This species seems to be increasing in the area and may even soon breed in the Nafferton area, if it hasn't done so already! One side effect of the winds was that a couple of the marshes which can be quiet sometimes, gave us very close views of Little Grebe, Pochard and Gadwall. There was an almost record-breaking number of Chaffinches under the feeders. There was a good selection of birds on South Marsh East including: Barn Owl, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Redshank, and Oystercatchers, but no LRPs. We didn't venture as far as the usual best site - Watton Borrow Pits - as we'd heard the winds had blown most of the birds off the water. A Peregrine (if I can be forgiven for mentioning it) steaming south over 'D' reservoir was a late afternoon highlight. On the way back one of the fields was absolutely stuffed with Fieldfare alongside a few Mistle Thurshes; whilst Hares were very active in several others. One disappointment was that this site is supposed to have a permanent fixture monitoring the behaviour of the feeding Teal [which were acting very strangely in the strong winds], but after very careful searching we failed to locate him, perhaps he was punctuating and capitalising his dissertation! That's the last Friday session until late in April.