15th January 2017

CWP 41: Great White Egret at mid day today with 2 Goosander. Laurence Pierce

River Thames, Lechlade: Flock of circa 35 Goldfinch. Chris Mabon

Eastfield, Ashton Keynes: 10 Blackcaps, a site record. In the previous two winters the total was 9.  One of the two new birds today had a metal ring on the left leg, the first ringed Blackcap I have seen in the garden.  Interestingly, most of the ringed birds of other species seen in the garden have metal rings on their right leg so this bird was possibly ringed elsewhere; the origin of these birds is central Europe, of course. This number of Blackcaps is a minimum, I have counted 4 males at once and 6 females at once at different times of the day but there are other houses nearby where birds are fed and they probably attract Blackcaps too. John Grearson

Highlights from WeBS counts:

Cleveland Lakes Reserve – CWP 74 & 68a/b: 18 mute swan, 3 grey heron, 12 cormorant, 8 great crested grebe, 2 male pintail, 2 shelduck, 24 goldeneye, 178 shoveler, 15 pochard, 675 wigeon, 483 teal, 11 gadwall, 21 mallard, 117 tufted duck, 241 coot, 2 moorhen, 9 water rail, 7 curlew, 3 green sandpiper, 62 snipe, 172 lapwing, 4 great black-backed gull, 1 common gull, 66 herring gull, 85 lesser black-backed gull, 4 black-headed gull and 3 kingfisher. Nick Adams

Plus in the fields east of the Reed Hide: 112 Canada goose, 220 wigeon and 85 black-headed gull. Nick Adams

CWP 200, 66, 69, 76, 96 and 81: Mallard (119); wigeon (148); pochard (3); red-crested pochard (4); coot (118); moorhen (1); lapwing (227); great-crested grebe (4); mute swan (16); tufted duck (43); gadwall (8); grey heron (3); cormorant (3); black-headed gull (7). Angela & Steve Pomfret

Combined Lechlade Lakes (CWP 117,118,119,119a,120,121,122 ): 530 Coot, 6 Goldeneye, 28 Gadwall, 60 Red Crested Pochard, 190 Tufted Duck, 18 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Shoveler, 3 Kingfisher, 15 Cormorant, 21 Great Crested Grebe, along with a Green Woodpecker, a flock of Siskin and many Redwing and Fieldfare. Pat Mabon


Belated news from the 14th January;  Circular walk from Waterhay car park, around Cleveland Lakes and returning via CWP 72/CWP 59 (13:15-16:15): 2 Grey Heron; at least 7 Goldeneye; a number of Great-Crested Grebe, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Pochard, Coot, Mute Swan and large flocks of Wigeon. From Screen overlooking Waterhay reed bed: Great Spotted woodpecker; at least 3 reed buntings; dunnock; 2 blackbirds; blue tits; great tit. Across the site, ~40 Redwing; Mistle Thrush; Wren; Goldcrest. Highlight was an Otter swimming in CWP 59 visible for about 5 minutes. Martyn Leighton

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