Wildfowl numbers usually start to decline in late November, but that is certainly not the case this year. Low water levels have revealed vast amounts of aquatic vegetation providing food for huge numbers of birds. After several days of thick fog we finally managed to complete the monthly WeBS count today and it produced yet more records. We counted a total of 27,939 birds around the reservoir including a new UK record of 2823 Gadwall. Other totals included 7034 Wigeon, 4959 Tufted Ducks, 1130 Teal, 341 Goldeneye, 537 Shoeveler, 4832 Coot and 107 Pintail. Amongst the scracer species were 3 redhead Smew, 2 Common Scoters, drake American Wigeon and 3 Scaup.
To hear more about these record numbers make sure you tune in to Sally Pepper Goes Wild on BBC East Midlands Today at 6:30pm tomorrow (Thursday) evening.