Sunday, 1 December 2013
The 1st Smew (a redhead) of the winter was present on both Saturday and Sunday, whilst the male and female Ruddy Duck were also still present. A male Red-crested Pochard was on A1 North Pit briefly on Sunday morning (before being flushed by water skiers), with 2 Marsh Harriers also being noted. The adult and juvenile Egyptian Goose still remain and a female Shelduck was around all weekend. Other bits of note include a Woodcock flushed from a ditch east of the A1 Pits and 15+ Corn Buntings were among good numbers of Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings which are again making use of the stubble/weedy fields east of A1 North Pit. Finally, 6 Siskins feeding briefly in Alders at Boughton Lodge Farm on Saturday morning (with the odd single noted passing overhead too) and at least 3 separate Chiffchaffs were noted.