Trip reports

Moor Green Lakes

Male wigeon swimming

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Whistling calls of drake wigeon pierced the early morning mist over Horseshoe Lake on arrival. Common wildfowl were present in only small numbers but woodland birds seen included robin, blackbird, jay and great tit. A goldcrest foraged for insects in a hedge close to the first hide on Colebrook Lake South, whilst several long-tailed tits moved through the trees just before the first viewing screen. A grey heron landed in the top of a tree growing on the island and a single female pochard swam past.

A drake goosander was seen at fair distance from the second screen. An Egyptian goose stood at the water's edge on Tern Island, but viewing from the side of the second hide, 58 lapwings and three cormorants were also counted. Five female pheasants wandered over Plover Island and a little egret was fishing on the far bank.

Checking East Fen proved worthwhile. A small group of fieldfares settled in the top of a distant silver birch whilst the light was good. A single lesser-black backed gull stood in shallow water whilst three common gulls occupied small wooden posts. Both red kite and buzzard were seen in flight and a snipe concealed itself between two clumps of sedge.

Good views of a pair of goosanders were enjoyed on Colebrrook Lake South soon after leaving the fen.