5 December 2014. – first Smew

Smew (Jon Mercer)

Smew (Jon Mercer)

CWP 29: Redhead Smew (very flighty possibly new arrival). Jon Mercer

CWP 30: 3 Goosander (2m,1f) Jon Mercer

CWP 44: Pair Goosander Jon Mercer

Blakehill:    No sign of the short-eared owl this morning but late afternoon, 1 barn owl and 2+ short eared owls after 4.15.  Also present 2 kestrels, 3 stonechat, 1 buzzard and a peregrine over heading towards Cricklade.   Dave Soons.  Jon Mercer

Shorncote: 40 Teal, 12 Wigeon, pair Shoveler, 3 Snipe, 3 Water Rails, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 60 + Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, 14 Song Thrush around the reedbed, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Cetti’s Warbler calling, 2 Chiffchaffs, 20 Reed Buntings, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat. Sadly, a dead Barn Owl on the path near the hide, looked rather emaciated. Jon Mercer

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