In Area 3 on Molly Millars Lane, 8 Waxwing were in a tree.4 flew off towards Wokingham station.Seen by Chris Gent (Berks Birds)
At 07:15, 2 possibly a pair of Nuthatch were visiting the Sunlower hearts in my garden feeders on numerous occasions.
A pair of Mallard were on the pond in Area 5 this morning.On the field behind Morrissons approx 50 Redwing were moving from the grass to the trees everytime a dog walker came by.Also approx 30 Wood Pigeon were with them.I also got a report that a Tawny Owl was heard calling last night.
After storm Doris had subsided. The winds peaked at 38.7 mph in Emmbrook on 23/02/17, I walked to work this morning. In Area 5 a Green Woodpecker was heard. Flying over Area 4 were 3 Cormorrant that seemed to be trying to find somewhere to land.
Warmer weather appears to be on the way and in Area 5 this morning the dawn chorus is starting to take off. Birds are singing to estabish territories, singing Robin and Song Thrush were heard this morning.
With the lighter nights 2 Canada Geese were seen in Area 5 flying over Morrisons and calling at 17:30.
A cold start to the day with smatterings of snow flakes. Area 5 was fairly quiet, highlights were a Stock Dove in the trees to the rear of Morrisons and a male Blackcap and a Coal Tit on the garden feeders. In Area 1(Heath Lake) there were 20 Cormorrant , numerous Coot , several Pochard , a female Tufted Duck which had a nasal saddle on it bearing the marking N3. Nasal saddling of ducks is common in Europe. Extra reasearch has now revealed that the bird was tagged as a 2nd year female at Ampoigne in France on 14/06/16. A distance of 246 miles "as the crow flies". A Goldcrest was also seen in the pines.
In Area 4 today Paul Bright Thomas saw 3 Buzzard , 2 high and 1 circling to the E. In Area 5 a Song Thrush was giving a fine dawn chorus virtuoso performance.
I decided to visit Area 1 this morning and covered Gorrick Woods and Heath Lake. Gorrick Woods were quite productive. A flock of Long tailed Tits moving through the trees, also contained a few Coal Tits. Nearby were a few Siskin. Heath Lake itself had Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Great crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Grey Heron and at least 6 Cormorrant.
The biggest suprise however was a male Gooseander which was quite happy on the lake despite a fair bit of disturbance from people enjoying the area. This bird is a first for the FOTEB list. In amongst the woods were Green Woodpecker, Siskin and a few small parties of Blue and Great Tit.
A bit of a gloomy start to the day in Area 5. A flock of 30+ Redwing were feedingin the grass area between Dragonfly Bridge and the play area. A Great spotted Woodpecker was drumming on a nearby Oak tree.They drum on trees and other resonant surfaces during early spring to mark out their territories.
A walk around around Area 5 in the rain this afternoon produced 6 Canada Geese flying over, a few Magpie several Wood Pigeon and a Kingfisher seen flying upstream from Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons.