Wednesday, 11 February 2009


At Bourne End, a Common Kingfisher, Little Egret (on back stream by the lock) and the disgusting sight of a Grey Heron trying to swallow a rat. It was struggling to get it down its neck as it was so large. I never had the stomach to watch and see if it succeeded!!

Earlier, I located a female GOOSANDER on the fishing lake at Tyttenhanger. It then flew South up to the 'Willows Farm' end and circled a few times before it appeared to land again. The lakes are 90% frozen, but at least the river level has receded and the lakes are holding water within their banks, albeit very high! It is now possible to walk around as usual. On the main pit there are a good number of wildfowl species - a sure sign that the shooting season has finished! Also a Little Grebe and 24 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)

(The COMMON SHELDUCK was still present on Willows Farm Pool on 10th)

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