Friday, 4 November 2016

Friday November 4th

Alvecote Pools
Warks: Great White Egret still at Mill Pool (present since Aug 7th per Roy Smith)
Staffs:  The near resident Mute x Whooper Swan hybrid again.

Hams Hall 
Only one Chiffchaff along the Tame. Very quiet.

Ladywalk NR
Still good numbers of Shovelor(120plus) but a count not possible.
Three Cetti's Warblers at dusk with two Marsh Tit, One Chiffchaff at Angling Pools but no sign of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker there after two recent (early morning) records. 

Middleton RSPB
Warks: Barn Owl (also going into Staffs), Water Rail.
Staffs; Golden Plover 68, Dunlin 6, Little Egret 27, Starling ca. 2,000, Stonechat 2  (All records from Steven Pick).

Shustoke Res
Scaup ; the immature male was with the Pochard off the carpark. This is the same bird as seen previously but it is certainly elusive and may be commuting to Coton Lakes with the sizeable flock of Pochard.
Pochard : 61 today reflects the increasing attraction of this species to the site, which often holds more birds now than the usual stronghold at nearby Coton Lakes.
Also Common Sandpiper and three Grey Wagtails. A Kingfisher is frequently showing within photo range on rocks by the carpark and for the first time in a while there is a small muddy fringe, just waiting for a Purple Sandpiper or maybe just a Dunlin.

Warks: 50 Skylark and a Raven (Chris Doyle on Twitter).

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