Out in the Cold

Yesterday evening while out with the dog I had a surprise sighting of a Green Woodpecker in Chiseldon. The first one I have seen here. This morning I spent an hour or so at Coate Water before I went to shopping at Tesco. Not my usual Supermarket but I had a £4 off voucher to use. Anyway back to a cold and gloomy Coate. It seemed that the birds were fed up with the conditions as well as there wasn’t a lot of birdsong to be heard. Quiet on the water with a few Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great-crested Grebe and a few gulls along with the Mallard, Canada Geese and Swans. A few Swallows and House Martins ( a Wilts year tick)were feeding over the lake. Reed and Sedge warblers were heard but stayed out of sight as did Garden and Cetti’s Warblers. The only one that showed was Blackcap. A Reed Bunting was skulking in the undergrowth near to Hide 1 and a Common Sandpiper flew from the bank in the same area. A single Shoveler was still around as were a handful of Teal. Two Lapwings flew over as did a flock of Linnets. No Wagtails of any colour seen and I ended up with a total of thirty-two species of which around a third were heard only.


2 responses to “Out in the Cold

  1. Richard Williams

    Hi Malcolm
    Have they changed the locks on the hides since 1 April? Not been to Coate for a while.

  2. wiltsbirder

    Hi Richard,
    sorry for the late reply. I have been away.
    Yes they have changed the locks.

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