Coombe Hill and Ashleworth today

A sharp frost this morning  left ice on the edges of the waters; despite the bright sunlight, the wind remained cold, and there were still no singing Chiffchaffs or other migrant songbirds.  Water levels on the scrapes and pools in the meadows continue to drop slowly.

At Coombe Hill: 16 Shelducks (four pairs and eight unattached males, teh latter lekking actively), 8 Wigeon, 130 Teal (decrease in the last few days), 60 Mallard, 4 Tufted Ducks, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Little Grebe (whinnying); 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 12 Lapwings (a little aerial display), 5 Curlews (with bubbling display call), 18 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 or 2 Skylarks singing, 1 Tree Creeper singing, 2 Pied (not White) Wagtails.

At Ashleworth, there were rather more ducks: 54 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 54 Mallard, 7 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Ducks: a Mute Swan on a nest with one egg in the middle of a field; only 1 Lapwing. 2 Curlews, 15 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest singing. 20 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings.

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