Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Returning to its historic state Prestwick Carr is well flooded with water levels rising steadily yesterday. Only hidden by the grass and reeds the extensive central area is under water and attracting 20+ Snipe and a good few Moorhen, Mallard and Teal that can be heard but are rarely seen. Look you can even see the curvature of the earth....... well, lens anyway.

This structure has puzzled the locals and I assume it is the formwork for a viewing platform put in by the wildlife trust. Clearly the deck access across the ditch, currently 18 inches below water level, may require some further thought although why it was considered necessary to cross the ditch putting the observer in full view of the wildlife he is viewing and giving the dog walkers possible access to the field is open to debate. Nice Treecreeper and Willow Tit just to the left of this shot

The current policy not to clean out the ditches is also contentious with the locals which they believe exacerbates the flooding and only time how nature will re-posses this man made feature.
Would be nice to see a Water Vole again or even an Otter straying up from the Pont.

That sky doesn't bode well for the week ahead and my depression was compounded by another hefty bill to repair my car. Pretty bleak all round but some good birds to be seen.

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