I counted 8 singing Chiffchaffs around the pit and it was nice to hear Blackcap song again, with a male singing along the railway hedge. Whether this is a genuine migrant or an over winterer on the move, who knows, but it was a patch year tick for me. Meadow Pipits were much in evidence, with a small party of 14 birds foraging in the meadow and a steady trickle of a further 18 birds all moving NW. The meadow also held a flock of 33 Fieldfares with 3 Mistle Thrushes mixed in.
As I walked to the eastern bank, I noticed that a female Tufted Duck near the bay by the workings sported a green nasal saddle. I had seen such a bird in the Autumn for a single day only on October 26th. It had been ringed at St Philbert de Grand Lieu just south of Nantes about 400 miles south of Little Marlow on 1st December 2010.
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