Mary’s Blog – El Clot

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Saturday 11th February

On Saturday I did a few chores, but we had a walk over the Clot in the afternoon. We were well wrapped up as there was a cold wind. The view from the dry hide was again dominated by Shovelers along with a few Teal, Pochard and Little Grebe. A pair of Red-crested Pochard and a Black-necked Grebe were nice additions.

At the main hide we had the first Marbled Ducks of our visit, and the juvenile Night Heron was in the same place as it was on Wednesday. A Snipe was on the ground to the right of the hide, before it disappeared through the fence. A Grey Wagtail was seen later in the same area and plenty of Chiffchaffs were moving about and catching insects.

The main event was hundreds of Crag Martins flying low over the water seen from both hides. It gave better views than usual when they are normally quite high up, but it was still difficult to see them properly given how fast they move!

Species list – Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Night Heron, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Marbled Duck, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Crag Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Chiffchaff.