Ferry Pool/Long Pool: There was not a single bird on or around the Ferry this morning.
There were, however, a few birds in Ferry Channel, including a Spotted Redshank, c100 Teal, c50 Wigeon, a dozen Grey Plovers and a few Curlew and Redshank. At least a dozen Avocets were in the harbour at the far end, along with a few Pintail and plenty of the afore-mentioned species.
Along the Long Pool there were a couple of Reed Buntings, a couple of Goldcrests and a Meadow Pipit, whilst on the pool itself there was a pair of Little Grebes. (AH)
Medmerry: Windmill to the breach - There were a couple of Stonechats and a dozen Meadow Pipits near the windmill, and another pair of Stonechats and another dozen Meadow Pipits at Toe End, but nothing in between.
Around 60 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe were offshore, but the pools aroiund the breach held just a few Curlews and Redshank, a couple of Grey Herons and c30 Shelduck and Teal. (AH)
Monday, 5th February: Another very cold morning, with a brisk easterly breeze pushing on banks of heavy cloud between a few sunny intervals.....
Ferry Pool: A single Shelduck was the only bird on the pool, field and creek this morning! (AH)
Just to let everyone know, today we have had a contractor on site, out on to Ferry field, to fill the hole and do some work on the footdrains..... this should take about 10 days, so that is why you may see machinery out there.
Further to this, whilst out in the field I unavoidably flushed 23 Snipe and one (or possibly two) Jack Snipe. I also took the opportunity to photograph the new hide from this location. (IL, Warden).
Church Norton: At a freezing cold Norton today there were 3 Bar-tailed Godwits in the harbour, whilst out at sea there was a Great Northern Diver and at least 3 Slavonian Grebes. Unusually for the patch there was also a flock of 20+ Rooks in the fields along Rectory Lane. (AW)
Ivy Lake Complex: Ivy Lake was quiet with just a few Herring & Black-headed Gulls on the water along with c.20 Tufted Ducks, a few Great Crested Grebes and three Black Swans. Nunnery Lake held the usual Gadwall but there was nothing on Triangle, Copse & West Trout lakes other than Coots, Tufted Ducks and a few more Black-headed Gulls. On East Trout Lake, however, were 73 Greylag Geese, 52 Canada Geese and a single Bar-headed Goose and on New Lake were c.20 Shovelers. The paths were generally quiet with just a single Goldcrest of note. (BI)