Saturday 14th December 2019OUSE WASHES RSPB RESERVE & GRAFHAM WATER
We head to the fenland area in Cambridgeshire where many good species can be found in a single day. RSPB Ouse Washes Reserve will be our focus of the morning, where we hope to see Whooper and Tundra Swans, Common Crane, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Corn Bunting and raptors such as Peregrine Falcon and Merlin before spending the afternoon at Grafham Water.
This reservoir is overshadowed by the nearby, larger Rutland Water but still produces some great birds during winter. The deep water areas are excellent for diving birds, with sometimes hundreds of Great Crested Grebe together with occasional records of small groups of scoter. Also scarce grebes and Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, with Long-tailed Duck and Red-breasted Merganser.
The reservoir can also be great for gull watching. In mid-winter it is likely that 50,000+ gulls roost here and could include Mediterranean, Iceland, Glaucous, Yellow-legged or Caspian Gull.
(does not include reserve admission charges)