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Old Friday 17th February 2012, 21:27   #17280
HydeParkDave
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GF talked me into a walk around Eccup reservoir, pleased she did. Pretty much same situation as reported by Kieth Dickinson & lioner. Arrived at Golden Acre around 11.30am. Walking in we saw around 9-10 Red Legged Partridge. On the fp to the west of the reservoir 200+ Lapwings in adjacent field. Couple of Golden Plover in with them. Fields west of Goodrick Lodge were thick with Greylag geese. GF tried to talk me into believing there were some White Fronted ones in the middle distance, but couldn't make them out.

Water and banks of reservoir just after the lodge very busy. 200 - 300 Widgeon, and smaller number of Teal. There were 3 cormorants plus a 'mystery' diver we couldn't id. Plodding on birds began to thin out. Good views of a pair of Gooseanders (but going to Pauls Pond means we're spoiled with them usually) then to round things off a very close view of a male Goldeneye, which chugged off diagonally away from us.

Weather closed in after that and put the scope away. Completing the circuit three hours later, the Partridge were more or less in the same spot.
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