Shorncote: Siberian Chiffchaff very active in bushes 50 yards before first hide. Water Rail alongside stream near hide, Grey Wagtail on stream. Also 1 pair of Great Crested grebe, 24 Tufted Duck, 7 Moorhen, 60 Coot, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 17 Mallard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wren, 1 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Magpies, 4 Reed Buntings, Singing Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, numerous Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker calling, Cormorant flying over. At CWP 85a 12 Canada geese and 1 Little Egret. At CWP 84 1 Heron, 4 Pochard. At CWP 85b 5 pairs of Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall. 180 Lapwing and 43 Golden Plover over the Quarry. Hundreds of wood pigeon adjacent to main road. Laurie Pearce
There are 2 bitterns reported around the reed beds in Cleveland Lakes. As we come towards the end of winter there seems to be up to 8 Smew moving around the CWP29/30 area. With them is an imm. male Red Breasted Merganser.
Access issues: Although the floods are receding, wellingtons are essential in most areas.