Saturday, 14 November 2015

Grafham Boat Birds


A boat safari trip at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire this morning was a little different and we managed to complete it before any heavy rain or high wind hit. Good numbers of common wildfowl were inevitably present with Tufted Duck, Coot and Mallard being the most common. Two Pintail, small numbers of Shoveler and a couple of flocks of Goldeneye provided some variety. There were particularly large numbers of Little Egret, one of which was watched consuming small Zander one after another. A Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper and a flock of ten Redshank were located near to the Mander car park.

Back in the county this afternoon and some feed station maintenance in the lovely rain. It was good to see that the local Marsh Tits had found the Kelmarsh Estate feeders, joining numbers of Blue, Great and Coal Tits. By next week the Nuthatches, Long-tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and finches should be feeding regularly ahead of some early winter cold weather.


Neil M
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