|Two drekes and at least one female Smew Mergellus albellus
|Eygytian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus
Next it was the walk over to Lagoon 4 and no sooner through the first gated path and I picked up the small flock of Canada Geese on the right. A stop to check out Lagoon 2 at the Redshank Hide confirmed my suspicions that the water levels were very high and, I suspected, there would be few waders about. Indeed, I was proved to be right as other than the hundreds of Lapwing seen during the morning just the one Curlew when at the Mallard Hide overlooking the Lagoon 1. Wigeons here, there and everywhere, both on the water and feeding/resting on the grass. Similarly, lots of Coot about and more Tufted Duck than Mallard.
|Hundreds of Wigeon Anas penelope on site
|A most handsome Goosander Mergus merganser
Once in the above hide, and still on my own having arrived well before the official opening time, I encountered yet more Wigeon and Coot plus not a small number of Moorhen, Moorhen and nearby Teal and Shelduck. But scoping the water I soon found a dozen or so Pintail and then added Goldeneye before finding the Common Pochard flock. Gadwall and Shoveler were added along with a single Heron before making my way back to the Visitors Centre via a quick check at the Smew Hide where I added a closer pair of Goldeneye, to check-in and have a short break before exploring the southern side of the reserve, And at this point I found a handful of Reed Bunting resting in a bare tree.
|Swans, Coots and Tufted Duck but do I see a Goldeneye Bucephala clangula?
|Even a lonely Rat Rattus norvegicus has to eat!
|Song Thrush Turdus philomelos learning to paddle
|Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
road near Empingham. A most enjoyable extended morning with a total of 54 birds recorded.
|Good to see a Dunnock Prunella modularis again
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Smew, Goldeneye, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Red Kite, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.
|This Robin Erithacus rubecula looks like he/she means business in the days to come
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