Cheddar Reservoir - autumn / winter 2023

 
Mike Moxon
 
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15 December 2023 20:48
 

Today Redwing, Fieldfare & Starlings were along Old Bristol Road, south of the Hunters Lodge Inn (Priddy), still plenty of hawthorn berries there too

Also a Bullfincch along Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy

 
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13 December 2023 12:32
 

& today Grey wagtail & Little Egret on the river in village (lots of Redwing / Fieldfare still beyond top of Gorge)

 
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11 December 2023 20:27
 

Got some nice video of RCP “crash” dunking & preening, but think I need to go another time than lunchtime, as both visits looking into sun at most of the Pochard

Pair of Mute Swans, but no Canada Geese

 
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10 December 2023 18:50
 

No, it doesn’t sound like it was same - mine does appear to have a more pochard head shape though, but could just be momentary impression

 
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10 December 2023 17:13
 

Had good views of the Tufted type today and it looks like TD x Pochard to me. Back is v dark grey but not black; bill has a broad black tip, then white which bleeds up the bill smoothly into grey, so no band.  FDxP also there but no Scaup for me.  (don’t think you have a shot of the hybrid, sorry Mike, but I might not be seeing the right page)

11 Goosander first thing today, 8 of which flew off east.  4 drake, 7 duck.

 
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08 December 2023 19:22
 

The grey sided Tufty was by Cheddar Tower at lunchtime (couldn’t see Fudged Duck, but Pochard were split between the two entrances, so Axbridge side looking into the sun)

Photo here (previous is same bird, others are pure Tufted):
https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10234154180980769&set=pcb.733010198277596
If you can’t view previous link:
https://scontent.flhr1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/409032225_10234154180940768_4089504503717250866_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=c42490&_nc_ohc=oaE95RHSUe8AX-P723X&_nc_ht=scontent.flhr1-2.fna&oh=00_AfBnlYHAsUmGJUu6zhNswZNYg1J0_4-gr5Oj5CVd7IRjXg&oe=6577746C

Majority of Coot in SW quarter, whilst ducks all around edge of north half (most of mallard around Axbridge Tower)

 
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08 December 2023 16:27
 

just one Goosander of note this morning as well as the RC Pochard but in the gorge I saw Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Tree Creeper and Goldcrest all close together below the Cave entrance car park.

 
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06 December 2023 18:50
 

2 drake Scaup today.

Also the 2 hybrids still, found by James P on 26th.  One a smart Ferruginous x Pochard drake;  the other a probable Tufted x RND drake but I don’t think anyone is 100% sure on that just yet (it was asleep today).

Had a scout round for the Waxwing up the top with no luck but still masses of thrushes around.

 
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05 December 2023 12:04
 

First winter male scaup north of Cheddar Tower with the RCP late morning.

 
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24 November 2023 09:12
 

At least 8 goosanders (2 males) flew in just before dusk. Also adult winter med gull near Axbridge entrance found by Nature Trek group. Gull roost extraordinary.  Northern section between Axbridge Tower and sailing club was a dense carpet of gulls.

 
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31 October 2023 09:29
 

Red-breasted merganser still near Cheddar tower Monday, late morning.

 
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27 October 2023 21:01
 

RB Merganser still by the Cheddar Tower inflow late afternoon. Also drake pintail asleep on the water there and the RCP near Axbridge entrance.

 
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26 October 2023 12:14
 

Female type red breasted merganser by Cheddar Tower.

 
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18 October 2023 17:48
 

Turnstones seen at Clevedon seafront today.

 
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18 October 2023 13:31
 

A barnacle goose with the Canadas near the spit this afternoon. Also 4 small waders in flight - very white underneath so possibly sanderling but distant and headed over Axbridge.