Sunday, 22 January 2017

Frosty morning at Tyttenhanger

After a early morning station drop decided to have a walk around the lakes so started at willow farm lots of gulls out in the farm field with lots of Common Gulls and a few Blacked Headed Gulls but the highlight was a brief view of wintering Caspian Gull which was loiting at dawn with the gulls.

Then walked around the lake and with the ice big numbers of Shovelers and Gadwall's were around the 1st Island which was the only unfrozen section of the lake. In the trees a big flock of Fieldfares were mixed with Goldfinches and Linnets.

Then walked around to the main pits when i saw 3 Tree Sparrows around the natural nesting hole they used last year so looks promising for this year. Around the pits the frozen weather had made the plants look very attractive in the frosty conditions.

Frozen Plants


Frozen Reeds

On the main pit itself the Caspian Gull really stood out with the other gulls as it was so large even next to a group of Herring and Lesser backed Gulls. Also out on the scape were a few Lapwing and a pair of Little egrets but no sign of any Great White Egrets and at the back good numbers of Teal, Shovelers and Gadwall's.

Gull flock with Caspian in the middle

Then heading back past Willow Farm Lake a Goosander gave a nice flyby and agood size flock of Redwing were seen feeding in the woods.

Goosander flyby

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