Saturday, 27 December 2014

Quiet end to the Year

Yesterday morning I made my last visit of the year to Linacre. The weather was grey, overcast and just 2 degrees Celsius, but it was very still which made counting the waterbirds quite nice and easy.

The last counts of the year were: Mallard (108), Moorhen (13, the highest count of the year), Coot (4), Tufted Duck (18), Grey Wagtail (3), Grey Heron (2) and Black-headed Gull (113). I was particularly pleased with the Wagtail and Heron sightings as these are species which aren't seen that much in December.

The woodlands were quite busy too, with the highlight being another very close and confiding Treecreeper. 2 Common Buzzards were also seen, including 1 low over the bottom reservoir being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.

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