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
Goldeney and Goosander numbers are increasing and the first female Smew have been reported (3 Dec). The Bewick's swans are still being reported at Eysey and lapwing flocks are now likely to be accompanied by Golden Plover.