Lower Tamar Lake

Having failed dismally to find any of the reported white winged gulls at Roadford this morning, in fact only seeing a handful of any gulls and little else in very poor conditions, pushed on this afternoon to Lower Tamar Lake. Could barely see across the lake in the mist and rain! In front of the hide 14 Goosander, 4 G.C. Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen and I am glad to say only 3 Canada Geese. Highlights were good views of a Water Rail to the left and many sightings of at least 30 very active and flighty Snipe. At one time 18 were in the air at once when disturbed by a Grey Heron. The feeder area was very busy with 2 Nuthatch, 1 Jay and 1 GS Woodpecker joining the many assorted tits, Robins, Dunnock and Chaffinch. Just before I left at 3.30pm a pair of Reed Bunting arrived. I spent much time closely examining and listening to the Marsh/Willow Tits at this location, on the rare occasions they had the courtesy to call! I think on balance there was probably a 4/2 split in the 6 I recorded, but would not stake my life on it! 29 Species recorded here.

Water Rail - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17Common Snipe - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17Reed Bunting - Lower Tamar Lake - 22.2.17

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 9:40 pm by David Pakes in Bird News