Thursday, 8 December 2016

Catcott Lows 7/12/16 - Return of the wildfowl

DVery pleased to see that the water levels at Catcott Lows are very much improved on this time last year. Water is now very close to the hide as are the waterfowl. We arrived to the hide at about mid morning and already the hide was full, word has got out that good birding is to be had!
A very pleasant couple of hours watching from the hide which included good views of Wigeon, Shoveler, Tufted, Pintail, Snipe, Black tailed Godwits, a single Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Greylag and Canada Geese, Ravens and Pied Wagtails. It is also worth noting that the lane to the hide also had a good selection of birds Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Jay etc. Always worth taking a look. 
We did take a visit to Catcott Heath and the tall hide but unfortunately there was only a few Gadwall and Teal on the lake. Plenty of smaller birds Long tailed tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch etc in the woodlands though and it's a really nice walk along the lanes to this part of the reserve scanning the fields and trees as we go.

    Sleeping Wigeon


   Preening time


                  He went that way! 

Marsh Harrier - often seen at Catcott but often distant

                   On the hunt - Marsh Harrier 

   Double act! - Snipe


   Sneaky look

                   'Swimming' Snipe              

   Flight shot! Wow those Snipe are fast!

    Pied Wagtail

                   Swan family and 7 cygnets 

   Black tailed Godwits

                   Edgy Godwits



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