|Little Owl ~ Nice bird to have on the patch!|
From here a towpath walk took us up to Calcott Locks and then around the perimeter of Napton Reservoir. Lots of Redwing and Fieldfare now ground feeding and a huge flock of some 300+ Lapwings flew high from the west across towards Napton-on-the-Hill. The water had the usual selection of wildfowl which included on note: (5) Wigeon, (5) Gadwall, (30+) Tufted Duck but strangely not a single Great Crested Grebe! A Raven, my first of 2017 was also noted in flight!
|Crossbill ~ Female of a pair seen at Lynford Arboretum!|
|Crossbill ~ Bonus find at Lynford!|
At the beach the rain had paused sufficiently for a sea-watch, although the conditions were a little challenging in the stiff breeze and the light was dreadful! At sea: Long-tailed Duck, 300+ Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser but despite a valiant attempt no definite claims of Velvet Scoter. More waders included Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Sanderling. A final bonus bird for Alan and I back at the car park, unfortunately while the other guys were in the toilet, was a fly over Woodcock! A great end to an exceptional day!