After a slight mist and early morning coolness, the sun soon shone, burning off the mist and the temperature rose, making a very pleasant spring day. Unfortunately, I was again overdressed, despite leaving off several layers, and was quickly sweating profusely. Had I been at a quieter location, I would have been tempted to strip to underpants and t-shirt! However, Draycote is not really the place! Note to self - pack some shorts!
Yet again, the reservoir was very quiet, with reduced numbers of birds on the water. However, I still managed a tick list of 54 bird species. The fields below Farborough Bank held 100+ Fieldfares with 20+ Redwings and 60+ Starlings. Six Meadow Pipits flitted along the bank and views were had of five Buzzards and one Sparrowhawk. Chiffchaffs were calling well with at least five being seen and heard around the site. An Oystercatcher flew over Toft Shallows but did not land. Goosander numbers were well down with only four females being seen. A Curlew flew off the golf course and directly along the length of Draycote Bank, but again was not seen to land. Three male and one female Shoveler were off the inlet and the longstaying drake Scaup hugged the distant "M" buoy, and refused to come in closer. Even the arrival of Francoise (Scaup Magnet) failed to persuade the Scaup closer!
Interestingly, I have not seen a Dabchick at Draycote for several months.
Finally, a chat with Richard M and Mark P on Farborough Bank, who were spending their time counting Buzzards.
A list of sightings can be found at the end of this post.
Great Crested Grebe
Starling; Wood Pigeon; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Robin; Chiffchaff; Dunnock; Great Tit; Rook; Mallard; Coot; Tufted Duck; LBB Gull; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Black Headed Gull; Herring Gull; Pied Wagtail; Great Crested Grebe; Meadow Pipit; Wren; Goldeneye; Canada Goose; Magpie; Fieldfare; Goosander; Redwing; Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Buzzard; Green Woodpecker; Oystercatcher; Teal; Common Gull; Gadwall; Blue Tit; Bullfinch; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Wigeon; Curlew; Long Tailed Tit; Pheasant; Yellowhammer; Skylark; Shoveler; Scaup; Greenfinch; Kestrel; Sparrowhawk; Great Spotted Woodpecker.