Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


David Bowman

2018-01-08

A nice mid-morning to late afternoon wander, in crisp winter sunshine, today. I started at the Weir Pool, where there’s always a chance of something being brought in by the hard weather. Today it was a Little Egret, flying east over the Weir, while 3 Goldeneyes were among 265 Tufted Ducks, 7 Pochards, 29 Mallards, 22 Gadwall, 9 Shovelers, 8 Mute Swans and 5 Shelducks on the river. On the walk back to No.3 bed, 65 Redwings and a few Fieldfares were perched alongside the track. Last part of the day was spent having a coffee in the Morgan Hide on No.3 bed, where 12 Bramblings were around the feeders, along with 110 Greenfinches and 35 Chaffinches. While most of the lagoon was frozen, 540 Teal, 30 Coot, 12 Shovelers and 10 Shelduck were working hard to keep a small area of water open. They were looking well settled until a police helicopter decided to hover low above them, sending most of the Teal skittering south over the Ship Canal.

Photo of a Cormorant from the Weir Pool today.

Cheers David

Submitted by: David Bowman

 

David Bowman

2018-01-07

Sunshine and blue skies were welcome, on our first Saturday morning survey of the New Year, yesterday. Dawn saw four Goldeneyes at the Weir basin and Pink-footed Geese calling as we walked into No.3 bed for breakfast in the Morgan Hide. From the hide, hundreds of Teal were calling from the flooded reed-beds, with scores more out on the water, along with Shovelers, Gadwalls, Mallards and a few Shelducks. Finches on/under the feeders built up well over the morning, with maxima of 10 Bramblings, 120 Greenfinches, 40 Chaffinches and 5 Bullfinches, along with the odd Willow Tit. Then, our six mile, post-breakfast walk took us along the Ship Canal, through Nos.2 and 1 beds, to Bollin Point, Rixton Paddocks and the farmland beyond. Highlights included: a male Peregrine at the Viaduct nest site, the odd Fieldfare, another skein of Pink-footed Geese, a drake Wigeon, plus 150 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebes and 6 Great Crested Grebes on the Canal. Returning to No.3 bed, a Cetti’s Warbler was singing from the South Bank, odd Lesser Redpolls and a Siskin were noted, while 35 Redwings and 11 Pochards dropped in. Cheers David Bowman (with David Spencer, Alan Warford, Helen Wynn, Brian Baird and Les Jones)

Submitted by: David Bowman