November 2013

• Friday 29th November 2013
I started at the east corner of Wilstone. There were 3 Redshank spread out along the water's edge, in front of the reed bed. The original Water Pipit (christened by Roy as "Nick" or "Nicky" for obvious reasons!) was between the east corner and the jetty. The Little Stint was on the tip of the spit, in front of the jetty. There were 3 female Goldeneye diving to the left of the spit. Walking round and viewing the central "island" from the NW shoreline, there was a pair of Pintail roosting. I could only locate 8 of yesterdays 9 Little Grebe. As I came to the hide, a mixed Tit flock (Long-tailed Tits, Blue and Great Tits) were flitting through the trees. From the hide, I could only find one Dunlin and one Black-tailed Godwit. Two of the earlier Redshank had relocated to this area as well. The Golden Plover flock seemed very unsettled today. Often just a fraction of them would come to land on the mud whilst the majority continued to circle above. There were easily 200+ Golden Plover. One Little Egret stood in the shallows in front of the hide and, on my way back to the jetty, a Grey Wagtail came to feed along the water's edge. There were 3 Red Kites enjoying the thermals over the black "barns" NW of the reservoir.

Not too much of note over on Startop's, Marsworth or Tringford. A couple of Meadow Pipits on Startop's and lots of Canada Geese; a Red Kite hovering over Marsworth reed bed, no doubt hoping to find something which had fallen prey to the truxor, which was there. Finally, 11 Red-crested Pochards on Tringford. (Lucy Flower)

 Thursday 28th November 2013
Wilstone: Birds of note seen today Thursday 28 November; Little Grebe – 9, Little Egret – 1, Pintail – 2, Golden Plover - 200+, Snipe – 11, Redshank – 2, Little Stint – 1, Water Pipit – 1, Meadow Pipit – 1 (in the same area as the Water Pipit) (Terry Lewis)

 Wednesday 27th November 2013
Dear All,
I have been told that the reed cutting machine is scheduled to work on Thursday and Friday this week, at Wilstone. Possibly it will then move on to Marsworth on Saturday and Sunday. (Johne Taylor HMWT Volunteer Warden)

 Tuesday 26th November 2013
I had wanted to check Startop's this afternoon to see if the second Water Pipit had perhaps settled over there but I ran out of light and time. Attached are a few shots from this afternoon. Unfortunately, the light wasn't great but, hey, you take what you can get.  The Little Stint is definitely looking a lot more grey now. I couldn't quite believe how tiny it appeared as it walked up to the Mute Swans. I'm not sure it's any bigger than the Swan's red leg ring! I'm fairly sure the Water Pipit around today is the original bird, with the nick in its left, lower eye-ring. However, it has also developed another large nick in the top of its eye-ring (as shown in attached shot). (Lucy Flower)
Little Stint and Pied Wagtail by Lucy Flower

Little Stint and Mute Swans by Lucy Flower

Water Pipit ID by Lucy Flower

By the time I was able to get to Wilstone this afternoon, the glorious sunshine had disappeared behind the clouds and the light faded fast. I did a fairly superficial check. Walking from the cemetery to the east corner of Wilstone, there was the regular Yellowhammer in that area. The/a Water Pipit was between the jetty and the east corner. The Little Stint was on the end of the spit nearest the jetty. I could see one Redshank and hear another calling. Walking round, past the car park steps and towards the west corner, there were a couple of Grey Wagtail and a beautiful male Sparrowhawk floated in from the fields to land in the trees near the hide. By that time, the Little Stint had relocated to the mud in the west corner. From the hide, there were at least 20 Common Snipe, one Black-tailed Godwit and, in the distance, to the right, what I think were 3 Dunlin (couldn't see too well without a scope, in the fading light, but jizz suggested Dunlin). There were plenty of Fieldfare around, I didn't keep count, and the number of Golden Plover was comfortably around 200 mark. Overall, wildfowl numbers seemed to be drastically reduced on all the reservoirs. I popped into Tringford quickly on the way home. I could only find 9 Red-crested Pochards. (Lucy Flower)

 Sunday 24th November 2013
At Wilstone we ringed a Chiffchaff and a new female Cettis warbler this am plus several Redwings and Goldfinches. Plenty of Golden Plovers coming in to a very crowded water. (Johne Taylor - Tring Ringing Group)

Visited Wilstone this morning where there were good numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover. Also on show:- 1 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (David Hutchinson)

 Saturday 23rd November 2013
An interesting day today at Wilstone. I started at the hide where many were watching the Little Stint and 2 Redshank. They were quite distant through my 400mm lens so I decided to have a walk the long way round Wilstone. Coming into the fields at the back there was a lot of commotion as a fox was carrying a Partridge, still clucking, off into the trees. This disturbed a Tawny Owl and I got a wonderful but brief view as it circled back to its roost.
Black-headed Gulls by Phill Luckhurst.

Along the Wendover arm were a number of Fieldfare mixed in with the Goldfinches and Dunnock. Heading back down the hill down towards cemetery corner I noticed 2 Treecreeper in the archway of trees. I stood still for a while hoping to get a photograph but only managed a few poor shots in the darkness as I was often disturbed by dog walkers, joggers and others enjoying Wilstone.

By the time I came out of the woods there were quite a few birdwatchers on the jetty. As I approached I noticed the Water Pipit almost by my feet. I stopped for a while to look but this seemed to draw the attention of a couple of the gathered masses and 2 of them approached quite rapidly scaring it off. Once past the jetty I noticed it again feeding with a Chaffinch and to my surprise a second Water Pipit. I walked past them far from the bank and once I had passed I stopped and turned around to watch for a bit, but again I must have drawn attention to their presence as once again they were chased off. Looking across the res from there it was absolutely packed with various Ducks and Coot. Not sure I have ever seen so many on one piece of water. By then the clouds were gathering and the sun was dropping leaving a lovely golden sky. So I headed off to see if the Starling were gathering over at Marsworth. (Phill Luckhurst)
Sunset by Phill Luckhurst

 Friday 22nd November 2013
Marsworth: Found today by the towpath on the way to lock 42. A filter, Hoya pro1 digital 77mm MC PL-C. Please get in touch if you want it back. (Johne Taylor)

Wilstone: Attached are the latest consignment of Water Pipit shots...
22 Nov: Wilstone's Water Pipit by Charlie Jackson
22 Nov: Wilstone's Water Pipit by Charlie Jackson
As Roy said we are really lucky to have such an obliging bird here again. The bird is relatively easy to stalk without flushing and seems not to be that bothered by Dog walkers and Joggers etc. As I found out today the only thing that bothers it is birders with zero field-craft looming up on it and endlessly flushing the bird up and down the bank. Picture the scene....I have spent a few minutes stalking the bird on my knees and although it is aware of me, seems perfectly happy until a birder looms up behind me with the famous last words, "is the Water Pipit about?". I wanted to say "well it was until you came along!" but I am much too polite...Very frustrating (moan, grizzle moan etc etc). 3 Dunlin and the Little Stint on the spit. Marsworth: It was hard to count the Starling roost in the evening but it had to be well over 3500. A Sparrowhawk had a go at a small flock as they dove into the reeds but with no luck. 28 Corn Buntings went into the Reedbed. A Cettis Warbler was singing and 2 Water Rails were squealing in the reeds. (Charles Jackson)
22 Nov: Wilstone's surfin' Mute Swan by Charlie Jackson

22 Nov: Wilstone's Grey Wagtail by Charlie Jackson

I bumped into Lee by the jetty of Wilstone this afternoon. We were both watching the Water Pipit and, at one point, there was something of a flurry of activity, as Pied Wagtails and Pipits had a minor confrontation. Lee asked me how long there had been 2 Water Pipits around. It transpired that he'd seen 2 Water Pipits during the spat with the Wagtails. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see both Water Pipits. I just had the usual Meadow and Water along the rocky shoreline between the jetty and cemetery corner. Interestingly, on Tuesday morning, there had been a steady stream of Water Pipit admirers. By lunch time, a number of us were gathered in Cemetery corner and one chap said he'd seen 2 birds. At this point, there was also a Meadow Pipit around and as none of us could relocate anything other than 1 Water Pipit and 1 Meadow Pipit, we couldn't confirm the presence of a second Water Pipit. So….keep your eyes peeled! (Lucy Flower)

 Thursday 21st November 2013
Wilstone: 9 Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank from hide + Water Pipit, Drake Pintail from jetty. (Steve Blake)

 Wednesday 20th November 2013
Wilstone: This morning it was very cold in the wind and somewhat incongruous to see the Little Stint still about in this weather although the Black-tailed Godwit and two Redshank were less surprising. These days even the Little Egret by the hide was less surprising than the Stint. Seventeen Red-legged Partridges were still in the field that surrounds the west corner of Wilstone Reservoir. Marsworth had a vociferous Cetti’s Warbler.

 Tuesday 19th November 2013
Wilstone: Black-tailed Godwit, from hide, 12 Common Snipe, on bund in front of hide, Little Egret (Jeff Bailey HBC)

Wilstone: Water Pipit, cemetery corner, Little Stint, by jetty. (John Edwards HBC)

Wilstone: 230 Golden Plover, 2 Redshank, from hide, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Fieldfare (Lucy Flower HBC)
Wilstone: Pied Wagtail by Mike Nott

Wilstone: Shoveller by Mike Nott

Wilstone: Water Pipit by Mike Nott

Wilstone: Water Pipit by Mike Nott

 Monday 18th November 2013
A visit to Wilstone Res this afternoon in the drizzle and gloom revealed; 1 x Little Egret, 1 x Common Sandpiper, 1 x Redshank, 6 x Snipe, 258 Golden Plover, C20 Red-legged Partridge, Grey Wagtail, Water Pipit, Didn't see the Stint. Good numbers of Fieldfare but very few Redwing. (Dave Hutchinson)

 Sunday 17th November 2013
Water Pipit and Little Stint both still around this afternoon. 3+ female Goldeneye and 7+ Common Snipe on the spit. (Lucy Flower)
Wilstone: Unfortunately the Black Redstart did not hang around too long as it flew low towards the farm at about 9.55. Before that it was being flushed by joggers and walkers so only Dave and one other got to see it before it disappeared. I stayed with several others hoping for its return but no joy by 11.15. Nice ressies lifer for me! (Ian Williams)
With Roy, Lucy and Paul tonight at Marsworth we watched approximately 2300 Starling roost along with about 40 Corn Bunting. The starling count is mainly from photos of the main flocks (including the first one which numbered almost 700 individuals) with a number of smaller flocks between 10 and 50 birds. At least one Cettis warbler was singing and a Water Rail called. (Ian Williams)

Black Redstart by Ian Williams

Black Redstart by Ian Williams

Dave Bilcock has just texted to say Ian Williams has found a Black Redstart by the jetty at Wilstone.
Thanks Dave and nice find Ian. (Rob Andrerws)

The weekend provided some contrasts in the weather with mist turning to bright sunshine yesterday and fog turning to light rain this morning. On Wilstone the Water Pipit was by the jetty on both mornings and obviously this photo was taken yesterday when I was very co-operative. Also Fieldfare have moved into the area in numbers now. The Little Stint and four Goldeneye were on or by the spit as well this morning and yesterday. Two Redshank were on the mud from the jetty yesterday but were on Drayton Lagoon this morning and no sign of the Black-tailed Godwit that I’m aware of since Friday. Tringford had fourteen Red-crested Pochards this morning and I could hear Water Rails there too. Marsworth I saw Corn Buntings leaving the roost yesterday and could hear Cetti’s singing this morning.(Roy Hargreaves)
Fieldfare by Roy Hargreaves

 Friday 15th November 2013
Around midday at Wilstone in front of hide the 2 Redshank were feeding in mud  in bay to left of stream. A single Snipe was sunning itself on right edge of spit 75yards in front of hide. (Alan Corner)

Not much to add to Roy's account (great shot of the Little Stint, Roy). There was a small flock of Fieldfare in the bushes near the jetty and the Kingfisher came to perch on the edge of the reservoir, along the NE bank (near where someone has had a fire). I've seen it do this a few times and it stayed for a good minute or two, bathed in sunshine, surveying the waters. A Yellowhammer also came to land in the bushes near the jetty (spotted and photographed by a photographer there). There were 3 female Goldeneye by late morning (poorly digiscoped record shot of 2 of the 3 birds, attached). The Little Stint, Water Pipit and Black-tailed Godwit were all still there. I didn't have time to get to the hide so if Redshanks were still around they may well have been visible from there.
Goldeneye by Lucy Flower
One of the Mute Swans (shown in attached shot) was up-ending in the north corner, revealing it's leg rings. Silver on the right leg, red on the left, reading 4AOZ.
Mute Swan by Lucy Flower
10 Red-crested Pochards were over on Tringford. I didn't have time to check Startop's and Marsworth. And, only briefly looked in on Tringford. (Lucy Flower)

Wilstone: This morning I saw a Little Owl in the usual trees at Miswell Farm. By the time I reached the hide I’d also seen Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. From the hide the Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank, a Little Egret and two Pintail were the highlights. From the jetty the Water Pipit was nearby and the Little Stint was on the jetty end of the spit and a Pintail and two Goldeneye were in the water close to the base of the spit and two Redshank were on the mud in front of the reeds and a small flock of Meadow Pipits were on the mud. A Dunlin flew round calling over Wilstone and then flew off East and I heard a Nuthatch in the meadow behind the hide. (Roy Hargreaves)
Little Stint by Roy Hargreaves

 Thursday 14th November 2013
Wilstone: Although theoretically warmer today than yesterday it felt cooler in the wind. It was pretty much as yesterday with a Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, two Pintail and two female type Goldeneye from the hide. The Water Pipit was by the jetty again but I couldn't find the Little Stint first thing, but I do think it goes elsewhere with Lapwing at times. I also saw two Lesser Redpoll. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Wednesday 13th November 2013
With sunny skies forecast it would have been rude to go into the office, so instead I parked up at Little Tring and headed for Tringford. In the area I have often seen a Kestrel flying around and hunting but today much to my surprise I turned a corner only to see it feeding just in front of me. I stopped and watched it feed for a good 30 seconds before raising my camera. I managed a couple of shots before it took its food somewhere a little more private but only as far as the trees above. Bit frustrated with myself at blowing the in flight shots but hey ho, to be so close was a privilege.
Kestrel by Phill Luckhurst

At Tringford as well as the usual Little Grebe's was a lone Green Sandpiper trying to get its fill but the gulls seemed intent on chasing it away. Over at Wilstone later on I watched the Golden Plover for a while then someone told me that a Goldeneye had arrived. Not having a scope it was hard to spot out in the middle. Back to the car park side later on it was a joy to see so many Long-tailed Tits flitting around the trees behind the outflow. (Phill Luckhurst)

I was able to spend a couple of hours at the reservoirs this morning. At Wilstone, from the jetty, the Little Stint was on the spit and there were 7 Little Grebes bobbing about. I didn't see the Water Pipit but others had. Elsewhere, there was just one pair of Red-crested Pochards; 77 Golden Plover on the mud flats, and a Grey Wagtail working its way along the NW shoreline. The Black-tailed Godwit was on the far bank of the Drayton Lagoon, looking right from the hide. There was also a Little Egret in that area and I had c50 Fieldfare fly over, near the hide, which was lovely. Nothing much of note on Startop's or Marsworth. Shoveler numbers seem to go right up and down on Marsworth. One morning there will be some 30 or so birds, other mornings just a handful. Over on Tringford, there were 10 Red-crested Pochards (5 pairs) and 2 further Little Grebe. I could hear the Kingfisher calling but didn't see it. (Lucy Flower)

Wilstone had mist around it as the frost was apparent when I walked down this morning. From the hide the Black-tailed Godwit was still about and I managed to see two Pintail today. On my walk round I managed to photograph this co-operative Meadow Pipit and by the jetty the Water Pipit actually walked towards me and allowed me to take this photo in a long series of photos as it was also unusually co-operative. I saw eight Little Grebes together by the spit (sorry Lucy), and the Little Stint was flying round with Lapwing at one stage but I only saw it on the spit from the hide and not from the jetty. (Roy Hargreaves)
Meadow Pipit by Roy Hargreaves

Water Pipit by Roy Hargreaves

 Tuesday 12th November 2013
This morning the Cetti’s Warbler was singing at Marsworth and there were eleven Red-crested Pochards on Tringford and only three Little Grebes. Soon after I arrived at Wilstone I saw the Lapwing fly up in two largish flocks with  the Black-tailed Godwit in their midst. While watching them I noticed the cause of the commotion, a Peregrine, that was quite a way up but had still been spotted by the waders from the ground. By the Jetty the Water Pipit was lurking as usual and the Little Stint was on the spit. Also there was at least four Little Grebe in the centre. I couldn't find any Pintail today either but they may have been hauled up out of view. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Sunday 10th November 2013
From a quick visit to the Plover Hide this afternoon, 2 Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Blue, Great and 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Grey Heron, a lone Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 2 pairs of Mallard, and of course numerous Wood pigeon. (Peter Brazier)
Kingfisher hovering over the lagoon by Peter Brazier
Wilstone: Little Stint, juv still, on spit in front of jetty then flushed to other side of res. Water Pipit, near jetty, Goldeneye, fe/imm (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)

 Saturday 9th November 2013
This morning at Wilstone the Water Pipit was still by the jetty and the Little Stint was on the spit by the jetty. Pintail numbers were up to four and the Black-tailed Godwit was still in front of the hide. At Marsworth the Cetti’s Warbler was singing sporadically and on Tringford there were twelve Red-crested Pochard and seven Little Grebes. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Friday 8th November 2013
Wilstone: Four Common Snipe on spit, Water Rail out in the open from the reed bed, Little Stint now from the bank towards the hide. (Mike Collard).

This morning was forecast to be clear so I hurried to the hide at Wilstone to get there before the Sun made viewing awkward. Having counted forty Pintail yesterday I was keen to count them again. I was most surprised to find that there had been an exodus and only one remained – you’d think there’d been a duck shoot! Anyway from the hide I could see a single Black-tailed Godwit and again no Ruff. On my way to the jetty I had a Dunlin fly in high calling, fly round and then fly out again. From the jetty the Little Stint was feeding along the spit and again no sign of any Pintail from here either – they really have gone. Also the Water Pipit put in a brief appearance and on my way back to the car this Grey Wagtail was reasonably co-operative.
Grey Wagtail by Roy Hargreaves

Tringford had 7+ Little Grebe and 11 Red-crested Pochard and Marsworth had singing Cetti’s Warbler. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Wednesday 6th November 2013
After all the excitement or the gathered masses at Rye yesterday to see the Glossy Ibis, Tring seemed very quiet. I decided to park by the Wendover arm bridge and walk through the back of Tringford. Outside the hide were 2 Little Grebe feeding away and rapidly loosing their summer plumage. Also present was a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the trees above and a Green Woodpecker in the dog training field. As I reached the outflow I noticed a Kingfisher on the bank and it didn't look right. Indeed that was the case as it was tangled in some fishing line. Carefully I removed it with much pecking to my hands. Other than a few ruffled feathers he seemed OK. The bird rapidly flew onto one of the posts in the water where it sat for a few seconds to recover. He then flew off and over the road towards the water works. Later on while I was in the Plover hide another Male Kingfisher was fishing from the left bank. Maybe it was the same one (pic attached) but today turned into a real Kingfisher fest as I saw 3 more later on with 2 in the corner of Marsworth and 1 at the Wilstone hide. Oddly, all Males. Also seen at the Plover hide were 2 Teal and a small and fast raptor that was too distant to identify.
Kingfisher by Phill Luckhurst

I then walked over to Wilstone along the Wendover arm where I encountered a Male Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel in the fields behind Wilstone. From the hide I was delighted to see 2 Redpoll in the trees to the right, and a Rock Pipit along with 2 Ruff and 1 Black-tailed Godwit from the Jetty. I really must go into the office and do some work this week. (Phill Luckhurst)

This morning wasn't as damp as the forecast suggested it might be and I did all of them quickly before it started raining properly. Marsworth had a singing Cetti’s Warbler and Water Rails sharming and Tringford had nine Red-crested Pochards back on it from Wilstone. Wilstone for the second day I could only find one Black-tailed Godwit, and the Little Stint was feeding among the Golden Plover flock to the left of the hide whereas yesterday it had been on the spit. Yesterday I counted 20 Pintail so I didn't bother today, but it was no effort to count the three Red-crested Pochard by the new overflow. The Water Pipit was round by the jetty both today as it has been yesterday. I shall certainly be checking for Great White Egret over the coming mornings in case that makes it to the reservoirs. Glossy Ibis would of course be nice but more likely in a damp field or ditch rather than on a reservoir but you never know(Roy Hargreaves)

 Tuesday 5th November 2013
No reports form the reservoirs today. It would seem everyone went chasing after the Glossy Ibis that was in Hertfordshire today. It was first reported in Essex this morning and it would appear that it moved to RSPB Rye Meads this afternoon. It was still there at dusk and the RSPB are opening the reserve especially early at 8am tomorrow in the hope it remains there. It would be a great record for the reservoirs should it come our way, you never know.

 Monday 4th November 2013
After getting up at 5am to spend 4hrs doing battle with the M25, I needed to relax and the serenity of the reservoirs was just the ticket. I headed for the Plover hide and on arrival there was not a bird in sight. After sitting for 10 minutes watching a very late Migrant Hawker enjoying the clear skies, a Water Rail shot from one reed bed to another. I could hear a Wren close to the hide so I slowly opened the left window where sure enough it was sat on the fence. I thought I had missed my photo opportunity but it flew into the sunshine in front of the hide to have an inquisitive look at me. I was so engrossed I nearly missed the Kingfisher grabbing a quick snack to my right. There were a few Moorhens popping out along with a lone Widgeon. Up above was a Buzzard. I have seen this one around quite a bit as it is easy to recognise with its scruffy right wing feathers. Behind the trees over the water works a Peregrine was darting back and forth scaring the Wood Pigeons. In the bushes to the right 3 Yellowhammer were feeding. As I took a photo the only cloud on the horizon decided it would be funny to cast its shadow on that bush. To the right was the very loud call of a Pheasant. For photographers this is a great hide being so low to the water level. I am surprised it is not more popular as it is well worth the effort. Maybe it is because it is so quiet but a little patience can be rewarded. I then headed over to Wilstone where all the usual suspects were around including the Water Pipit, many wagtails, a male Chinese Water Deer by the hide and numerous waders. It was great to finally see the little stint and also good so see so many knowledgeable kids out with their parents and grandparents. (Phill Luckhurst)
(Editors Note: The plover hide over looks the water treatment lagoon and is for FOTR members only, for a key please ask) 
Plover Hide: Yellowhammer by Phill Luckhurst.
Plover Hide: Wren by Phill Luckhurst.
Plover Hide: Wren by Phill Luckhurst.
Plover Hide: Buzzard by Phill Luckhurst.

 Sunday 3rd November 2013
This morning was bright but cold in the breezy conditions. At Wilstone a Chinese Water Deer was feeding along the edge of the reeds and a Little Egret was on the creek. While Pochard seemed to have increased there was again no sign of the Ring-necked Duck. Also five+ Red-crested Pochard were still present. From the jetty David Bilcock had seen the Water Pipit but it had flown off before I got there. The Little Stint, along with an adult and 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, were on the spit  with a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls and two Ruff and two Black-tailed Godwits were in the corner near the ringing area. Marsworth and Startops had nothing unusual and Tringford had four Red-crested Pochard. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Saturday 2nd November 2013
At a windy Wilstone this morning: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls on the spit with the LBB Gulls, The Little Stint was flying around with the Lapwing and Golden Plover then lost. 2 Ruff, 1 Redpoll over, 3 Red-crested Pochards, There was no sign of the Water Pipit or the Ring-necked Duck. (Charlie Jackson)

This morning the Water Pipit was by the Wilstone jetty and two Ruff and two Black-tailed Godwits were also visible from there. From the hide Red-crested Pochards were still very much in evidence as were Pintail. The Ring-necked Duck was either being particularly elusive or has moved on as we couldn't find it at all this morning on any of the reservoirs. Tringford had four Red-crested Pochard and the other smaller reservoirs had nothing unusual on them. (Roy Hargreaves)

 Friday 1st November 2013
Wilstone: This morning it was overcast with only a slight wind. I started with the Cemetery Corner this morning and a Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit were visible from there. The Water Pipit and several Meadow Pipits were in the jetty area. From the hide thirteen Red-crested Pochard were visible – no doubt some had moved from Tringford. The Ring-necked Duck was in its usual area close to the mudflat and Pintail were mainly on the Drayton Lagoon. I saw the Little Stint flying round with a flock of Golden Plover which may explain why sometimes it is difficult to find. Round the back by Rushy Meadow a juvenile Peregrine was perched on the top of a dead tree until the mobbing by Carrion Crows proved too much and it flew off towards Miswell Farm. (Roy Hargreaves)
1st Nov: Ring-necked Duck by Roy Hargreaves

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