Roadford and Winter Bird Migrants

On a beautiful blue, sunny, Sunday morning, sixteen members and one little dog, met at the Bird Hide parking area near the Viaduct at Roadford Lake. We walked down to the hide, most of us loaded with telescopes, binoculars and cameras. The lake looked like a mirror in the calm conditions.

Goldeneye

We settled down and spotted a couple of Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebes, a Tufted Duck and a Goldeneye Duck ( right). Four Snipe landed on the man-made island near the hide. They were quite difficult to see when they stopped moving, as their camouflage was excellent.

After twenty minutes or so we walked along to the Viaduct. More Goldeneye Ducks were seen, along with Mallards. A Buzzard and Magpies were also spotted in the trees. Those with heavy equipment took it back to the cars. We then set off on our walk over fields and through woodland to the pretty village of Germansweek. In the woods we listened to the songs of several birds, but only actually managed to see a Dunnock. Just before we entered the village we were carefully walking on a carpet of Lesser Celandine, glowing in the sunshine. There was also a swathe of snowdrops and some mauve crocuses.

We continued through the village and into more woods, which were very muddy. In a large puddle someone spotted some Frog Spawn. Did it survive the frost that night I wonder? We all crossed the River Wolf by the footbridge as the ford looked too deep even for those wearing wellie boots. Out across a field again, and we were back looking down on the Lake and admiring the view. The dog was put back on the lead, as there were sheep in this field, which didn’t appreciate our intrusion and ran off.

After a quick change of footwear we jumped back in the cars and fifteen of us went to the delightful Clovelly Inn in the village of Bratton Clovelly for a delicious Sunday lunch. Everyone was really hungry after a very enjoyable morning, spent in good company, in the crisp air of a perfect February day.

Report by Hilary Gifford

 

Brenda and Mike on focus Serious stuff this birdwatching Goldeneye in view

The birds below are what we hoped to see.The ones marked with * were seen on the day along with the Goldeneye

Barnacle Goose

ShovelerShoveler

 

Pochard

Teal

Tufted Duck

Wigeon

Great Crested Grebe*

Little Grebe*
   

Goosander

', 'On a beautiful blue, sunny, Sunday morning, sixteen members and one little dog, met at the Bird Hide parking area near the Viaduct at Roadford Lake. We walked down to the hide, most of us loaded with telescopes, binoculars and cameras. The lake looked like a mirror in the calm conditions.

Goldeneye

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