Bumper winter for birdwatchers at Draycote Water

Kingfishers are among the birds spotted. Picture: Bob Hazell
Kingfishers are among the birds spotted. Picture: Bob Hazell
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Bird watchers at Draycote Water are enjoying a bumper season of winter spotting, as rare birds land at the reservoir. Severn Trent Water ranger, Thomas Crawford, said: “We’re having a great winter for bird visitors, with a host of birds including smew (above left), little egret (top left), common scoter, goosander, pink-footed and white-fronted geese – not to mention our increasing number of tree sparrows.

You’re lucky if you see the male smew because it’s usually a sea duck at this time of year. But don’t fear if you’re not an avid bird watcher – you can still catch sight of stunning little egrets and colourful kingfishers (above right). There’s also the spectacle that is our nightly gull roost, which can see anything up to 50,000 birds turn up at Draycote – they look especially picturesque when the sun is setting.”

A male smew. Picture: Bob Hazell

A male smew. Picture: Bob Hazell

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