Severn Hams

Severn Hams (23 January 2011, contributed by Mike Smart et al)

Coombe Hill still covered by extensive flooding yesterday, largely though not completely iced over; Grundon Hide barely accessible though good views possible from canal bank. Unusually large concentrations of ducks, particularly Teal, on the area of water kept open: estimates (conservative) of 2500 Wigeon, 2000 Teal, 200 Pintail, 100 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall all packed into small area. 200 Greylags, 400 Canadas. No sign of Bewick’s or Whoopers, either at Coombe Hill or Cobney Meadows at Wainlodes end. (Les Brown, Mike Smart, John Wiltshire and Tim Cash)

At Wainlodes, on the Severn a male and two red head Goosanders. (MS)

At Ashleworth too, good numbers of ducks and geese on open water between ice: 60 Pintail, 200 Wigeon, 200 Canadas. (MS)

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