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Friday, 10 April 2015

A Good Morning at Napton Reservoir

Ring Ouzel

Today I had hoped to visit quiet waters and chose Napton Reservoir, which, yesterday held a drake Mandarin Duck. I arrived at the same time as Martin S and Paul C who headed around the larger side, while I walked across the causeway towards the canal. While I was taking images of Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebe, I ticked my first Willow Warbler of the year before noticing urgent gestures from Paul and Martin who had only gone and located a very obliging male Ring Ouzel! I was with them in minutes, filling my boots with Ring Ouzel Images together with my third year tick of the day, a male Yellow Wagtail! It was a pity I couldn't locate the Mandarin, as that would also have been a year tick. So much for quiet waters! My species list is located at the end of this post.

Ring Ouzel







Yellow Wagtail





Mute Swan



Great Crested Grebe


Feisty Coot!





Canada Goose with Great Crested Grebe




Kestrel


Today's Sightings:

Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Pheasant; Dabchick; Great Crested Grebe; Kestrel; Moorhen; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Skylark; Swallow; Yellow Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Ring Ouzel; Willow Warbler; Chiffchaff; Wren; Great Tit; Blue tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Bullfinch; Reed Bunting; Yellowhammer.

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