Saturday, 1 February 2014

First Kingfisher Sighting of the Year

The wind was blowing quite hard again this morning, so unfortunately no ringing today. Instead I popped down to Linacre to pick up some new nestboxes that I'll be putting up in a few weeks time, and had a couple of hours walking around all 3 reservoirs.

Despite the windy conditions I did manage to record a few woodland birds, including a few singing Blue, Coal and Great Tits, along with the Crossbills (heard, but not seen), a Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Jay.

Out on the water the Tufted Duck numbers were up to 70, which is the highest ever count. Also present were 73 Mallards, 6 Goosanders (4 redheads and 2 males), 1 Grey Heron, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Moorhens, 12 Coots, 2 Little Grebes and a Kingfisher (year tick). The Kingfisher was first seen perched in the trees on the south side of the middle reservoir at around 9.30am, and then when I was walking by the bottom reservoir at about 11,15am I saw it or another fly the length of the water and disappear into the woods to the East of the site. A lovely site and a very nice addition to the "Year List". Interestingly there wasn't a single Mandarin Duck  on site at all today. Where were they??

As well as being my 83rd species of the year it was also the 40th species for Linacre this year.

Year List update:

83 - Kingfisher

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