A Day Off

Christmas Day is the one day of the year that Blashford Lakes does not open. So as we locked up the hides at the end of the day on the 24th December we topped up the bird feeders and ready to leave the reserve to its own devices until Boxing Day. My last look from the last hid ewe locked was of roosting cormorant and the almost full moon over Ivy Lake.Cormorants by Moonlight 2

During the course of Christmas Eve, at least one black-necked grebe and the Slavonian grebe were on Ibsley Water, along with at least 15 pintail, 180+ wigeon grazing the western shore and a scatter of goosander rand goldeneye. In the late afternoon the gull roost included at least 12 yellow-legged gull, and the adult ring-billed gull, which seems to be back regularly after a short holiday.

On Ivy Lake the bittern was seen from Ivy north hide for much of the day and there were also at least 2 water rail there. Further afield the ferruginous duck was reported from Kingfisher Lake, but the black-throated diver which had been on Northfield Lake has now gone, or perhaps more likely died, as it was not looking too well when last seen.

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