18th Jan 2017
Overcast, dull, cold.
I had the morning at the Witham mouth, where the best bird was a slavonian grebe, seems to be a fairly reliable bird here in winter. Other birds on the water were few and far between; 8 great crested grebes, 1 little grebe, 4 goldeneye, 2 guillimots and a red-throated diver.
Quite a few large gulls flocked around a fishing boat. Couldn’t find any white-wingers despite the countrywide influx we’re having. All the usual shore waders were around and a merlin sat on the merlin posts.
I’d had enough by lunchtime and decided to call in at a couple of local sites on the way home. Ropsley quarry was quiet apart from a flock of finches and yellowhammers. At Culverthorpe lakes a fine drake common scoter was a very nice surprise, the closest one to home I’ve ever found. I watched it swim around and preen, before flying off after half an hour. Off to nearby Woodland waters at Ancaster, and a drake red-crested pochard showed well, first one of those I’ve seen here too. The resident pair of Egyptian geese put in an appearance.