Tuesday 13th January

There's not much to report since my last posting. I'm continuing to chip away at the year list though with a very laid back approach: I've only today added Coot, Song Thrush and Goldcrest to the list for example. The floods are looking good and attracting great numbers of duck: the usual Wigeon, Teal & Mallards and quite a few smart PINTAILS as well.  We're starting to get a nice build-up of SHELDUCK numbers again: our record from last year was in the high teens I seem to remember and we're already up to 8 birds this year. The feral WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were back in with the Greylags yesterday, adding a touch of the exotic to the vast goose flock. Waders are rather patchy still with only Lapwing being consistently present, supplemented occasionally with REDSHANK and DUNLIN. The gull roost is proving rather hit and miss of late with only modest numbers on days when I'd expect far more. Perhaps there are too many flooded fields elsewhere to tempt them but the best of the roost has been the occasional YELLOW-LEGGED GULL.

One of the White-fronted Geese (taken a couple of years ago)

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