Saturday, 22 November 2008

Weekend winter wonderland

Ahh, the good old weekend and time during daylight hours to have a mooch around the patch.
Bloody freezing, though...!

Freeman's Pools still seem to be attractive to a number of birds, notably: Juv. female scaup, 6 tufted duck, 2 goldeneye, 9 wigeon, 7 mallard, 2 little grebe, 16 coot, 4 mute swan & 33 woodpigeon.
Darter Pool: 1 coot
Frog Pond: 2 mute swan
Wildfowlers' Pools: 2 goldeneye, 3 shoveler, 1 little grebe, 3 teal, 2 coot & numerous mallard & moorhen. A group of c.30 redshank were commuting to feed in the wet field areas here and at The Flood where there were also 5 shelduck, 6 mallard and 7 moorhen. 1 fly-over snipe.
A couple of egrets were kicking around though there was little else of note visible on the Marsh.
Loads of blackbirds around plus reasonable numbers of redwing and fieldfare along with 3 bullfinch along the cycle track.

Noted a Portuguese vagrant in the form of Ricardo, a student currently residing in the area and a keen birder - welcome!

1 comment:

Ricardo Lima said...

Around 11.30am (22Nov) there was a Great crested grebe in the river, right next to Freeman's Pool. Don't know if it's a commun bird in Aldcliffe, but it's just the 2nd I've seen around (1st one was on the 7th Nov in Freeman's pool).

Thanks for showing me the scaup,