Cold at Coate

This morning I went for an early morning walk at Coate Water. I walked a loop from by the miniature railway along to the hides and back around by the floodwater to Dayhouse Lane. On the main lake were good numbers of gulls, mainly Black-headed with a couple each of Common and Herring. Tufted were the most numerous of the ducks. Five Chiffchaffs, presumably new migrant arrivals that probably were wishing that they had stayed in France were, unusually foraging on the grass rather than feeding in the trees. At least fifty Redwings were up in the trees making quite a lot of noise. Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and Nuthatch was heard. Less common here were six Greylag Geese on the second lake. Also on here were a few Shoveler and Gadwall. On the flood water were Wigeon, Teal and some more Shoveler. The number of Pied Wagtails amongst the horses was down on last week sixty plus at around twenty-five. In all forty species noted in less than two hours.

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