Thursday, 7 February 2013
College Res (6th February)
My first visit to College Reservoir in a long time and the first since the New Year albeit only a brief one at dusk to try and check out the roosting gulls. The glare of the water made it impossible to view length-ways down the reservoir so I have no idea if the Bittern was still there. Instead, I made my way round to the western side. 2 female Goldeneye were among the Wigeon, Tufted Ducks and Teal. Also 4 Little Grebes and 7 Snipe. It took some time for the gulls to arrive and even then numbers were rather feeble. They seemed only to be using the reservoir to have a short bathe before moving off quickly. Only Herring Gulls to report unfortunately, the only other two species including 1 Great Black-backed Gull and a few Black-headed Gulls. I waited till dusk for the Jackdaws to arrive but they seemed equally skittish and refused to fly in to the island, instead staying in the northern corner (although I expect they flew to roost in the usual place perhaps after I left). Next time I'll try Argal for the gull roost.