There is a lot of water on the reserve at the moment, all the rain combined with loads of water in the River Trent has meant that water levels went up by 2 foot in the course of a fortnight. This has meant that a lot of the muddy areas on site, which had been luring in a good selection of wading birds were and still are submerged. There have still been some 'good' birds about recently though, including marsh harrier, great white egret, wheatear and stonechats. The winter wigeon flock is starting to build and a nice selection of species were picked up on the latest WeBS count (which was carried out prior to the sudden increase in water levels!):

Black headed gull

109

Coot

85

Cormorant

6

Gadwall

46

Grey heron

7

Lapwing

7

Little egret

9

Great white egret

1

Little grebe

20

Mallard

116

Moorhen

5

Mute swan

50

Shoveler

19

Teal

46

Tufted duck

89

Wigeon

10

Black swan

1

Great crested grebe

15

Pochard

20

Greylag goose

87

Canada goose

5

Dunlin

10

Greenshank

1

Ringed plover

4

Lesser black backed gull

15

Herring gull

4

Greater black backed gull

1

Green sandpiper

1

Photo below : a hungry swallow ©Stuart Carlton    Twitter: @StuartCarlton48

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