I was amazed by the number of wildfowl on SHARDELOES LAKE today. Actually had towork for my WEBs counts for a change!
The most impressive was 74 Gadwall, mostly in pairs, with lots of calling and displaying going on. This is by far the highest number I've seen here and it looks likely a few pairs will stay to breed.
Other counts were 36 Tufted Ducks, 98 Coot, 6 Pochard (4m), 7 Little Grebes and a pair of MANDARIN. Also the GREAT CRESTED GREBE has been joined by another bird and they were swimming in tandem for much of the time, although no displaying noted. Just two first winter Mute Swans were with the adults today. One of the adults was trying to chase one of the juveniles away though so they may both be pushed off soon.
Also around were 4 Red Kites and a Buzzard.