Sunday, December 24, 2006

24th December 2006

SN Reservoirs 0740-0920 MJP, PR
o/c, cold. light-mod NE.

Teal - 1 male
Water Rail - 1
Shoveler - 9
Black-headed Gull - c1500
Common Gull - 25
Herring Gull - 8
LBB Gull - 12
Great Crested Grebe - 4
Little Grebe - 2

Predictably quiet early session on patch, with wildfowl numbers as expected (although once again the WR is proving increasingly attractive) and Coot numbers much lower than of late. A steady passage of Black-headed Gulls from first light, coming in from the north-east and moving south-west, numbered at least 1500, a high count for the site. A male Teal and a Water Rail (both at the ER) provided a little seasonal interest.