Morning at the Water Park

Arriving at Waterhay at just gone eight this morning, the difference in the light level compared to yesterday was amazing; today being dull and flat after the glorious sunshine yesterday. Not much going on at Waterhay, practically the only birds seen were a dozen or so Moorhens making the most of the flooded fields. Heading on through Ashton Keynes, nine Blackbirds were feeding on a large grassed garden. First proper stop was at Lake 62 were amongst the many Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted Duck were a male Goosander and best of all a male Smew, the first of the season for me, and I think for the Water Park also. We then moved onto the Manor Lakes complex, again loads of Tufted Duck and Coot plus all the other regular stuff. Best birds here were a group of five Goosander. Small birds were noticeable by their absence with just a few Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest and a Robin seen in this area. Of interest here was the sight of three Coots flying, not something seen everyday. On lake 43 Pete found a redhead Smew and a Cetti’s Warbler called from the reeds. Final stop was at Twitchers where there were over a thousand ducks on show. Teal and Wigeon were both in excess of four hundred and there were also many Shoveler, Tufted and Pochard amongst them. Best birds here were five Pintail. Also seen were more Goldeneye and seven Curlew. This brought to a successful end my birdwatching for the weekend.

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