I spent the morning to early afternoon in the Cotswold Water Park with Mark today. With temperatures starting at -3oC and reaching just 3oC by the afternoon, most bodies of water are now almost frozen over, concentrating the birds into the remaining unfrozen areas. The unbroken sunshine made for a cracking day though, very welcome after the recent misty days. The highlights were:
CWP Eastern Section: Pit 114 (Dudgrove)
The Slavonian Grebe, two Little Grebes, c60 Great Crested Grebes, a Goosander, eight Goldeneyes, c30 Red Crested Pochards (photo above), three Ruddy Ducks, two Gadwall, c40 Pochard, 13 Wigeon, 15 Teal, c50 Shovelers, c20 Tufted Ducks, c30 Mallards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper.
Two Tree Sparrows.
A Green Woodpecker, two Golden Plovers and three Roe Deer.
CWP Western Section: Pit 43
Three redhead Smew, 34 Goosanders, a Goldeneye, c20 Great Crested Grebes, two Snipe and two Bullfinches.