Saturday, 12 November 2016

Wet wildlife!

Green Sandpiper at
Pitsford Reservoir
Courtesy of Robin Gossage.


Wendy and Robin Gossage enjoyed their time on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir yesterday, particularly as they experienced sustained if rather distant views of an Otter (see images below)!

A change of scenery this morning saw me over at Grafham Water first thing conducting a mini boat safari. Birds of note included a 'redhead' Smew and two adult Bewick's Swans.

Eleanor was again over at Staverton this morning and the regular pair of Raven were in residence.

Jacob Spinks spent much of today at Pitsford Reservoir in pretty awful weather conditions but he and other observers connected with the Great Northern Diver plus a Great White Egret, two Scaup (north of the causeway), a Redshank, four Snipe, three Dunlin, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, three Ravens, a couple of Bramblings and one or two Stonechat(s).

Early this afternoon Eleanor again stopped at Ravensthorpe Reservoir and saw the two Otters on the 'small side'. The Great White Egret was also close feeding off the causeway and a good find was a bright and vocal Firecrest with a tit flock feeding in the causeway bushes at the Guilsborough/Coton end.

It might have been a wet day but there was still plenty to look at!


Neil M

Otter (and Kingfisher)!

Otter at Pitsford
Reservoir (yesterday)
courtesy of Robin

Dunlin at
Pitsford Reservoir
Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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