Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Linacre Reservoir - 20th March 2011

Sunday's walk around Linacre was a quick affair, but included my first singing Chiffchaffs of the year, 3 in total. Lots of other resident birds were also singing (Goldcrest and  Song Thrush being the best)  and a Great-spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming again. 1 Common Buzzard was seen in the field by the main entrance again and a Grey Wagtail on the overflow of the middle reservoir was a great sight.

Signs of winter however, were still in evidence with several Siskin heard around the Larch woodlands and a single Black-headed Gull which was on the middle reservoir and may well be the last until late August when the first birds start to return. 

Other birds of note were: Great-crested Grebe (3 summer plumaged birds), Mallard (51), Coot (15, including a lot of display and aggressive behaviour), Moorhen (16), Mandarin (11), Little Grebe (2), Tufted Duck (21),

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