Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Wednesday November 9th

Alvecote Pools
Warks: 2 Great White Egrets and 4 Stonechats (Roy Smith)

Ladywalk NR
Overnight flooding has brought water levels back up to more normal winter levels. 5 Goosander, 34 Mute Swans, Green Sandpiper, Woodcock and a Brambling were present (Pete Sofley).

Shustoke Res
The rain, and further north and east, snow, assisted in the arrival of a Knot and a Redshank. The former is a real rarity here and the latter very unusual at this time of year. The Knot could not be found late am.

Knot by Steve H

Also today 91 Tufted Duck, 29 Pochard, 88 Coot, 7 Goldeneye, the Common Sandpiper (which may be the regular wintering bird), 52 Lapwings and 50 Goldfinch (the small pool alders).    

525 Golden Plover and 10 Fieldfare (Carl Hiles).    

On November 9th 1986 a Hawfinch was in Church Pool Covert at Lea Marston. This wood is overlooked by most birders and can be visited with a WMBC permit. Its frontage to the Tame and a stream and small pool provide some interesting opportunities for adding woodland species in this part of the Valley.    

I would like to thank Dean Baker who has agreed to survey Shustoke Res for the monthly WEBS count. Any volunteers for Alvecote and Kingsbury WP please get in touch                                                                          

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