Shardeloes Lake sightings: 27th September 2016
Most unexpected was a single EGYPTIAN GOOSE on the cricket ground - a rare visitor in this area. The bird was showing very well and seemingly unconcerned by onlookers. The cricket pitch also harboured an exceptionally large flock of migrant alba wagtails, 43 Pieds in all. I could not locate any of the recent Yellow Wagtails with them, but there was a juvenile Grey Wagtail.
At the main lake, there were 8 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, a single adult Mute Swan, 25 Mallard, 26 Gadwall, just 2 Tufted Ducks and 54 Coot, while the gull roost held 28 Black-headed and a single adult Common. An exceptional gathering of 36 Stock Dove was noted, while Woodpigeon numbers were at a high 80, with Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, a vocal Common Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Most noteworthy was a flock of 35 LINNET that went over - a scarce bird at this locale