Friday, 24 December 2010

Linacre in the snow - 24th December 2010

Following another week of sub zero temperatures and a few snow flurries, the reservoirs were all but completly frozen over with just one small patch of open water on each of the three reservoirs. 
As a result there were very few waterbirds present, but those that were, were pretty easy to see and count. Mallard numbers were around 45, including 30 which came to seed on the top reservoir. 6 Moorhen also came to the seed as did 4 Coots. 35 Black-headed Gulls were on the bottom reservoir along with 16 Tufted Duck, 12 Mandarin Ducks and 3 juvenile Mute Swans, a first for me at Linacre this year! A Grey Wagtail was heard but not seen. 2 Little Grebes were seen, including 1 which was fishing in the pool by the bridge on the top reservoir.

Small birds including Nuthatch, Blue, Long-tailed and Great Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch were heard and seen, as were Crow and Jay. 1 Fieldfare was seen flying over the bottom reservoir.

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