Monday, 17 November 2008

17 NOVEMBER 2008

Foxcote Reservoir (evening visit)

A very enjoyable hour or so sat in the hide at Foxcote this afternoon. Best bird was the 1st-winter KITTIWAKE in with the gull roost The gull roost also held 3 adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS and c280 LBBG's.

The drake RING-NECKED DUCK was also present, with Pochards as usual along the west bank. Also 474 Wigeon, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a female NORTHERN PINTAIL of note amongst the ducks.

Finally the Starling roost proved predictably - but not boringly! -spectacular, with I reckon about 6,000 birds sweeping through the sky and eventually plunging into the reedbeds by the hide.


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