Great Northern Divers at Fairford

Saturday 12th December 2009

The two first-winter Great Northern Divers (photos above and below) reported yesterday were still showing well on pit 125 this morning, and feeding actively on crayfish. Other sightings at this pit, in the eastern section of the Cotswold Water Park near Fairford included nine Great Crested Grebes, 95 Coot, a Cormorant, two Little Grebes and a Grey Wagtail. At pit 114 (Dudgrove) at least one Tawny Owl was calling at 10:35am and other highlights here were nine Goldeneyes, a Red-crested Pochard, 51 Shoveler, five Teal, 130 Wigeon, 39 Pochard, nine Gadwall, 45 Tufted Ducks, 35 Mallard, 88 Coot, a Water Rail and a Buzzard; on pit 111 (Whelford Pools) 22 Teal, 22 Coot, nine Gadwall and two Pochard were seen.


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