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Sunday, January 09, 2011

9th January

European Wigeon: the female was on the lake by the rail ditch this morning.

Greater Black-backed Gull: a first winter was on the lake at 9.50am, a very scarce sighting for the park.

Water Rail: one seen today in area 2.

Waxwing: four birds flew over St Marks Bridge at 12.25pm.

Skylark: one flew SW at 11.00am.

Redwing: some were heard flying over in the dark at 6.30am.

Firecrest: the pair were again in the Holme Oak by the perimeter fence to the Leaf Yard wood, area 40.

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1st winter Great Black-backed Gull, note heavy bill, lack of white rump and not a solid dark tail band.

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Grey Herons are becoming very territorial as they take up nest sites

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Long-tailed tits seem to have faired better in the cold snap than Goldcrests who’s numbers seem very low.

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