I had a cracking afternoon dropping into 4 locations within the Lower Derwent Valley prior to dusk (Bank Island, Thorganby, North Duffield Carrs and Bubwith Ings). It was cold but the light was fantastic (apart from a little while whilst at Thorganby) and birds were abundant, especially Wigeon and Teal.
Common Teal: Image © Steve Garvie 2010
The following counts are likely to be lower than what was actually present but the birds have a habit of being able to vanish amongst the vegetation in an instant, also the amount of area I covered was tiny compared to the whole area. However it was still incredibly enjoyable and hardly anyone about!
Canada Goose x250
Greylag Goose x55
Mute Swan x45
Tufted Duck x27
Whooper Swan x6
Black Swan x1
Golden Plover x17
Barn Owl x1
Peregrine x1 (Juvenile Female)
Other bits and pieces included Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Stock Dove etc etc...
I'm looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, I best get my feeders filled up!