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.
Highlights were a pair of Bewick's Swan at dawn, a pair of Crane early morning and a mini murmuration of Starlings at dusk which probably maxed at 1000 birds.
Very little to report with the lake almost empty until school hikes caused 800 wildfowl to land on the lake from the Fish & Duck marina and the river washes.
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed