Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Draycote Water - Cause for concern ?

Tuesday 18th November 2014
Popped into Draycote Water today on the off chance. Beautiful morning so can't complain but not too many birds about. And sadly a good many of those that were, were on their last legs or already dead. Lesser black backed, Herring and Blacked headed gulls were suffering in numbers I'd never seen before. Gulls do pick up diseases and/or poisons from the tips they feed on. Bob Hazel who had been round the reservoir reported dead gulls everywhere and the wardens we spoke to had collected a large number of corpses already. A sad sight indeed.
Moribund Lesser Black backed Gull
Dead Lesser black backed Gull
Herring Gull
Black headed Gull
On a brighter note other healthy birds seen included : Goosander 9, Golden plover 30+, Tree sparrows 10, Redshank (heard), and Little Egret.

Little Egret
Little Egret
Little Egret

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