5th January 2017

CWP 74; Viewed from Twitchers Gate: 85% iced over. Main highlights were at least 20 Goldeneye, 1 Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon and Red-crested Pochard. Martin Adlam

Shorncote Reedbed, CWP 84/85; male stonechat, 3 water rail (one very confiding), 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 snipe, 5 grey heron, 1 little egret, 4 buzzard, 2 raven, 1 chiffchaff, 2 bullfinch, 16 Moorhen, 2 pheasant, 1 meadow pipit, 2 grey wagtail, 1 pied wagtail, 1 stock dove. Dave Kilbey

CWP 125: 1 female Goldeneye, 1 male Goosander flying over, 1 Red Kite flying over. Pat Mabon

CWP 126: 2 Shelduck, 12 Great crested Grebes, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe. Pat Mabon

CWP 111/111b: 1 male Goldeneye. Pat Mabon

CWP 114:  3 male 3 female Goldeneye. Pat Mabon

CWP 116: 2 male Red-crested Pochard. Pat Mabon

Polite reminder – with many of the lakes icing over either partially or entirely, please remember that the CWP’s waterbirds will be under increasing pressure to find roosting sites and foraging areas as their options become increasingly limited. Please minimise disturbance to them, particularly at the larger lakes which may comprise the last ice-free areas – if waterbirds are disturbed, they have few alternatives to seek. Remember that we birdwatch for enjoyment but the birds are trying to survive. Thank you!

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