Saturday, 19 November 2011

Lower Tamar Lake

A pleasant walk at Lower Tamar Lake from late morning onwards.  Warm, bright sunshine - more like April than Nov.  Very muddy conditions underfoot, but a pleasing array of birds:-
 
52 Coot; 49 Teal; 76 Wigeon; 7 Shoveler including 3 males; 11+ Gadwall; 1 female Pintail; 27 Mallard; 24 Tufted Ducks;  12 Moorhens; 10 Mute Swans; 227 Herring Gulls; 46 Black headed Gulls; I Grey Heron; 25 Canada Geese; 1 Jay; 1 Grey Wagtail;  5 Snipe. 2 Buzzards indulging in almost display-like aerobatics; 1 male Bullfinch and 1 Willow Tit heard.   Several Blue and Great Tits at the feeding station.
 
[Harvey Kendall.]