Sunday 8th December 2013

   Nice sunny day today, again. Chew to see whats about. First stop was Woodford for the juvenile Black-throated Diver, but there was no sign, lots of yacht activity may have moved it on. Onto the dam, and the Long-tailed Duck, which was the closest i had seen it so far, not close enough for decent photos though.
Pink-footed Geese
   Then Herons Green pool, and the pair of Pink-footed Geese were still feeding there. The duck numbers are building up, but none close enough for photos.
   We moved onto Cheddar Reservoir, but as my stupid knee was still playing up, i decided to view just from near the 2 car parks, lots of ducks in quite close at the Axbridge end. Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Mallard and Goosander and a lot of Canada Geese too. But, i couldn't find the Long-tailed Duck. We decided to go back towards Chew, via Cheddar Gorge.
Grey Wagtail

   We stopped at the car park and after a couple of minutes a Dipper came in, so out came the camera, it was getting quite close, but was flushed accidentally by a couple of walkers. I followed it down stream, and found there was a pair, along with a Grey Wagtail.

   Got back to Woodford and found the Diver was still about, but the light had almost gone by then. There were a few Goosanders and a drake Goldeneye there as well. Also the pair of Egyptian Geese, probably the 2 adult birds, the 4 youngsters were nowhere to be seen, so the 4 reported at Portishead Boating lakes were probably them.



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