Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday January 7th

Alvecote Pools:
Warks: At Mill Pool, 13 Goosanders and 11 Shelducks (Tom Perrins).

A flock of 30 Waxwings was reported on Twitter at 1510hrs. No idea whereabouts.

Hams Hall.
Common Chiffchaffs are really being drawn to the easy feeding along the Tame. At the end of 2016 we had four or five but today the maximum count was 14 and these were just between the outfall and the first bridge over the river - no doubt there were others further downstream. Also a Common Sandpiper there (Dave Hutton, Kevin Whiston). A 'Siberian' Chiffchaff was also seen in the area (Kevin Whiston).

Ladywalk NR
Frozen pools presumably still as Duck numbers very low: Two Shelduck and six Pochard being the best. Plus a Marsh Tit (Pete Lichfield).

Middleton RSPB
Warks: A Great White Egret flew south towards Kingsbury WP early on but was thought to have returned, with two present in Staffs later. Three may have been present but foggy conditions prevented confirmation (Steve Atkinson).
A minimum of 58 Little Egrets roosted at the heronry tonight; however, as ca.30 arrived together and from all directions this count could well be beaten as they leave in the morning (Steven Pick).

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