Archive for January 26, 2015

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After an excellent Sunday Lunch in Keston Village at Herbert’s (http://www.thisisherberts.co.uk/about-us) Sue and I decided to drop in at Bough Beech Nature Reserve to see if there is anything about.

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Our first impression is that the water level in the reservoir is very high, probably the highest I have ever seen it, which is very good for the water company but not for birdwatching since all the margins are now under water with many trees that were on the bank now appearing to grow in the water.

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On the reservoir there is a large party of Wigeon plus smaller numbers of Great Crested Grebe,Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard and Pochard.

Pochard (male)

Pochard (male)

I decide to take a walk down to the visitor centre and have a look at the woodland and the feeders. There is a lot of activity here with large numbers of Blue and Great Tits. Also present are smaller numbers of Long-tailed Tit, Coal tit and Nuthatch.

Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit

Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

In the Orchard a female Pheasant is searching the ground under the feeders looking for food that had fallen from above.

Pheasant (female)

Pheasant (female)

Returning to the Reservoir I locate a group of 6 Goosander on the far bank. A good ending to the visit

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Goosander
Photo by John Bennett (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbgoblin/)

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Merganser [sp] (Mergus merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)