16th February 2013 - Draycote Water

Luckily had recovered the next day to be able to go round Draycote Water, which is a great place for bird watching.  It is near to Rugby in Warwickshire and the path around is about 5 miles.  We were aiming for 30 species but reached 40, with 2 new for the year.

The most obvious bird when you arrive at the reservoir are the tonnes of gulls circling around.  We made the mistake the first time we visited of coming especially for one gull - needless to say, we didn't find it!

There were lots of Pied Wagtail around, 10 together at one count.  It was easy to get distracted at that point on the walk - 10 Pied Wagtail behind and a Chiffchaff, Goldfinch and Goldcrest in front!  I was amazed at the number of Goldcrest we saw (or that one managed to keep up with us all the way around...).  We were also extremely happy to get great views of two Black-necked Grebe, close to the shore.  There were a great deal of Rook hanging out with a Muntjac deer and a rabbit and coming back to the car park we spotted two Grey Wagtail.


Day list: 40
Year list: 90
Lifers on year list: 5


Lovely Pied Waggie

Black-necked Grebe

Pochard

Goldeneye

Black-necked Grebe

Pochard and Black-necked Grebe

The reservoir

Rook

That is a Goldcrest being cute.  Honest.

Robin

Gadwall

Muntjac Deer

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