I decided to visit Lynford Water this morning in the knowledge that cold, bright conditions may produce winter duck species.
|Lynford Water at dawn on 2nd January 2017|
An initial walk of woodland and woodland clearings produced not only a lovely wintry scene but also a lone singing Song Thrush, a wonderful sound to break the early morning silence.
My aim this morning was to check the large areas of water for winter duck species. An initial scan produced lots of Tufted Duck with lesser numbers of Gadwall, about 10 Teal, a pair of Shoveler, and 5 Mute Swans. A further 5 Mute Swans passed overhead.
|Great White Egret at Lynford Water 2nd January|
Whilst watching the Great White Egret, 2 male Goosanders flew in and settled on the water. A total of 3 of these sawbills would be seen here today.
Checking the larger of the two lakes, a raft of Tufted Duck included within their numbers 5 Goldeneye (3 males). What a stunning duck the Goldeneye is, especially the male with his large dark head with conspicuous 'golden-eye' and white patch close to the base of the bill.
|5 Goldeneye on Lynford Water with Tufted Duck|
|Goldeneye and Tufted Duck at Lynford Water 2nd Jan.|
A few small numbers of Siskins overflew in variable directions. 2 Fieldfare passed over also.
A noisily calling Marsh Tit was heard along with Great and Blue Tits. A mobile flock of Long-tailed Tits moved through waterside habitat.
This was my first field trip of the new year with a final total of 43 species present at this site.
Finally, as I approached home, my first Red Kite of the year was seen soaring overhead.
Hockham (approaching sunset)
A flock of 100+ Redwings was seen in mixed woodland habitat close to the Peddars Way footpath.