I'd only intended to spend a quick hour at Draycote Water this morning but having first bumped into Bob Lee and Geoff Hood, followed later by Bob Hazell I didn't get away until shortly after 2pm. An initial walk to Farborough Spit yielded many Tufted Duck
, Little and Great Crested Grebe
, plus a count of (16) Wigeon.
Along the bank (6) Meadow Pipit
and small numbers of Redwing
in the hawthorn below, these along with Skylark
and Lesser Redpoll
|Great Norther Diver showing well along Hensborough Bank.|
Having tracked back to the centre I decided to continue on-wards and from here the birding was excellent, with at least three Great Northern Divers (@bobhazell)
, although I only managed two personally. Both mine seen along Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner. There were around a dozen or so Goosander
and (5) Pochard
were among the many Tufted Duck
huddled in at Rainbow.
|Scaup having a major preen!|
The feeders had plenty of Tree Sparrows
attending and in the field just to the rear, where the crop remains at least (30) Yellowhammers
, along with Reed Bunting
. The Scaup
was located pretty close in along Draycote Bank, where we met up with Bob Hazell.
|Goosander - Plenty to be found today!|
An about turn and as we headed back to the car park more Goosander
and a ♀Pintail
was near the inlet. More views of Great Northern Diver
ended a nice outing!