Sparham Pools had a greater number of wildfowl than usual. Only the main lake was unfrozen and this held 100+ birds, which were then joined by 80 Greylags. Amongst these were a single Pink-footed Goose - obviously a wild bird that had got lost and orientated itself with the Greylags! Duck numbers included 79 Gadwall, 52 Tufted Duck and 26 Pochard. 7 Goosander were also present, including 2 drakes. Both Little and Great Crested Grebe were also present. A pair of Oystercatcher were on the new pits - the first of the year, signs of spring? Woodland birds were few and far between, although Treecreeper and Marsh Tit were noted.
At Swanton Morley, a brief visit found a lot of the area frozen (hence the birds at Sparham?), with the only significant numbers being 46 Tufted Duck. Again the birds were significant by their absence, although Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker and the usual bullfinches were noted.
A visit on Saturday morning produced Common Buzzard and Little Egret over, 48 Coot and 25 Gadwall were counted on one lake, but there was little else of note.
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