A rainy day, but still some bits to see - bobbing Jack Snipe and Water Pipit on winter flood, first Oystercatcher of the year and Marsh Harrier 'sky dancing' in the drizzle.
A bit of wind blowing at 46 mph made standing still difficult so I only counted from the hide. Nonetheless it was interesting with four Marsh Harriers enjoying the conditions. One of which was an adult female intent on catching one of the 38 Coot flocked together on the lake by continually swooping down towards them. But its attention was briefly diverted to an otter that had appeared in the lake before resuming harassing the Coot.
The otter then spent some time fishing also alarming the Coot if it got to near so the poor birds didn’t know where to go. But all happily survived.
Beautiful bright but chilly day, with plenty to see: 6 Cranes, first Pintail of the year, a pair of Peregrine over the lake again, Marsh Harriers beginning courtship, Water Pipit on ice and Barn Owl losing its catch to a Kestrel. Also several speci
A very quiet day with the temperature at -7C at the start. A hard frost and the lake 95% frozen and most of the small birds at the feeders in the yard. Fortunately there was no wind and bright sunshine making a pleasant day to be out.
A very windy day was enjoyed by the Marsh Harriers, which spent much time hanging in the air over the reedbed. Duck numbers reduced since last week, but Coot numbers increasing. And nice to see a small flock of Reed Buntings feeding in Padney field.
A damp and misty start was brightened up by the resident Barn Owl hunting in the morning until 10.15. Some geese seem to be pairing off; is this the first sign of Spring?
A very cold start to the day, with ice covering 90% of lake. Highlights were 2 pairs of Shelduck on the lake, and the Barn Owl catching voles mid afternoon.
A windy day, with not much to see on the lake, but a pair of Peregrine over it and a Water Pipit in the reedbed added some interest. Padney field is now attracting some birds- thrushes, finches and buntings looking for food in the Hungry Gap.
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed