Saturday, 27 February 2010

27th Feb 2010 - NBBR

Post by Rob Hill via NBBR

I nipped along to Manor Farm, where the nature of the main lake has changed yet again. Probably as a result of all the recent rain - or possibly a change in the pumping regime - the lake is now full, with just a thin causeway, and limited mud on the northern shore. Presumably the water level will drop by spring, but currently it's not looking particularly favourable for waders. There were 3 Goosander (1m 2f) there, plus a Grey Wag.

And a reply from Chris G

Was probably about the same level this time last year Rob on the main body of water so theres a chance especially if work resumes around the inlet area and the pumps are turned back on. As you can see its down about a foot already on its max and given how shallow the area is another few inches should start to see larger areas of mud exposed. Of course todays weather will not help and i'd expect to see the valley flooded again in the morning but towards the end of last week Godwit Corner was getting down to the levels that started to attract stuff in last year.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Fri 26th Feb - Afternoon

14:30 > 16:00
5c Strong NW wind, cloudy.

6 x Teal
3 x Goosander (1 Drake)
Green Sandpiper

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Tues 23rd Feb - Morning

11:00 > 12:00
0c Cold, cloudy.

A pair of Mistle Thrush mixing with the ever growing Fieldfare and Redwing flock on the top field. A Kestrel over putting all to flight.
A dozen Pochard down on the lake while on the new spit nine Cormorant.
Over the river on Cosgrove lake a varied selection of wildfowl including Gadwall, Widgeon, Tufted Duck in small numbers a pair of Great Crested Grebes but as ever Coot dominate.
The usual mixture of Gulls with perhaps Common Gulls edging it in numbers of around fifty.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Mon 22nd Feb - Afternoon

15:00 Brief visit.

1c after heavy snow, sun breaking.

Only bird of note drake Goosander

Friday, 19 February 2010

Fri 19th Feb - Afternoon

14:00 > 15:00
4c Sun, broken cloud.

Apart from a smattering of Mallard just a single drake Teal the only other duck.
Green Sandpiper favouring the island area to the north east of new expanded lake, a Grey Wagtail also in this area. The usual gull mix including a couple of Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull.
Three Common Buzzards about. Two wheeling over near the Viaduct while the third is the bird that has srted frequening the area to the west of the farm buildings, rooting sometimes in the trees or on the posts by Godwit Corner.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Tues 16th Feb - Afternoon

16:00 > 16:30
4c Cold, cloudy SW breeze.

Good buildup of winter thrushes in top field, Fiedfare dominate but noted increasing Redwing numbers lately.

Water level still fairly high but out on new spit 12 Lapwing join the 8 Cormorant and a handful of Common Gulls.

Two pair of Goosander still in area.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Fri 12th Feb 2010 - Afternoon

14:00 > 15:00
4c Broken cloud

Usual Fieldfare & Redwing flock flitting about on top field.
Green Sandpiper again favouring the area near the pumps.
Sparrowhawk gliding low over the calm empty water was a cracking sight.
Out on the new spit a new high count of 14 Cormorants.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Fri 5th Feb - Afternoon

14:00 > 15:30
8c Sun, broken cloud.

Fourteen Cormorant out at the tip of the new spit with around 120 Lapwing.
Green Sandpiper around the slowly improving margins.
Small numbers of Teal and Wigeon about and a single female Shoveler.
Around 30 Tufted Duck over at Cosgrove lake and a smattering of Gadwall, good numbers of Pochard too.
A pair of Goosander came in late to the new lake while a Common Buzzard sat on the posts at Godwit Corner.
several rafts of gull including a coulpe of Black Headed Gulls getting near their summer plumage.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Monday 1st Feb 2010 - Afternoon

15:30 > 16:00
2c Cold, sunny spells, calm.

Some areas still iced over but pockets of Wigeon, Pochard & Teal remain along with assortment of gulls. Two Goosander the highlight.

Welcome site after recent conditions, along the ridge a party of 14 Long Tailed Tits flitted along the hedge line.