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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Draycote Water


Admiral of the Fleet - Goosander with Wigeon & Tufted Duck support


Admiral of the Fleet - Goosander with Wigeon & Tufted Duck support


Admiral of the Fleet - Goosander with Wigeon & Tufted Duck support


Dunlin


Dunlin


Dunlin


Teal


Teal

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Having received a thorough soaking this morning, the day brightened when I got home! After a bite of lunch, I decided to make the most of it and visited Draycote. Bright and dry conditions prevailed, but the wind was very strong and cooling. Visited 1340 till 1600.

The weather must have put off the hordes as it was quiet on the perimeter road and with no fishermen only the sailing and surfboarding caused some disruption.

I decided to walk to the valve tower to keep the light behind me. A thorough scanning of the Tufted Duck masses off Hensborough failed to produce the Lesser Scaup. Rainbow Corner was probably most productive with two Dunlin busily feeding and a male Goosander just offshore appearing as Admiral of the Fleet with his entourage of Tufted Duck and Wigeon. The Tufted's were interspersed with Gadwall, Pochard and Goldeneye. A Yellow Legged Gull was spotted off the Inlet and a Grey Wagtail flitted along the almost dry channel.

Todays sightings:

Rook; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Wren; Coot; Mallard; Gt Cr Grebe; Dabchick; BH Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Kestrel; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Wigeon; Gadwall; Teal; Goosander; Goldeneye; Moorhen; Dunlin; Lapwing; Yellow Legged Gull; LBB Gull; Meadow Pipit; Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Blackbird; Redwing; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Starling; Magpie; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Linnet.

2 comments:

col wise said...

I think the season may of finished for the fishermen Kev - I went on Monday and there was none about - great pics as usual

Kevin Groocock said...

I love Draycote without the fishermen! How was your visit on Monday? I was back to work so obviously it was a cue for sunshine!