Wednesday, 7 April 2010

07 April 2010

Was out by 06.10 this morning, there was a slight drizzle and it was cool as the morning progressed the drizzle eased off, but it remained dull and overcast with little breeze of note.
I made my way along the top wood where I heard the first of 7x Chiffchaff, along the grass mound and out onto the model boating lake, there where only 2x Mute Swans on here and of course the pair of Great Crested Grebe, also a pair of Tufted Duck, by the old railway sidings a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming.
On the main lake another 8x Mute Swans, 36x Tufted Duck and 3x adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 6x Great Crested Grebe. As I walked along the lake edge I noticed the Grey Heron on top of a Magpie nest, I wasn't sure but thought it could be trying to get too the young Magpies.
Into the wood/pools area and the first of 5x Willow Warblers, a Sparrowhawk flew over and by the top pool the male Reed Bunting was calling away, a pair of Blackcap where also of note.
Back onto the main lake and 8+ Sand Martins where flying across the lake and the male Shoveler was again sticking close to a female Mallard.
On the old gas works 3x Stock Doves and 4x Curlew flew over.
Back at the top of the main lake and there was over 40+ Sand Martins and 6+ Swallows flying around and landing at the top of a tall dead tree. I walked down the canal side of the lake and by the Visitor Centre noticed 2x Little Ringed Plover on the grass edge.

Total species seen was 43, the highest count of the month so far.

Back down at Westport from 17.30 til 19.40, the weather was much better, very dry and sunny, but with a strong north/northwest breeze which eased off as the sun went down.
I've just added the birds that I didn't see this morning, first was 2x Grey Wagtail on the edge of the main lake, in the pools/wood area 3x Willow Tit, 1x Coal Tit and 1x pair of Teal.
Back on the main lake and a House Martin was in a flock of about 100+ Sand Martin and Swallows, finally as I walked down the canal side of the lake a pair of Treecreepers where making there way along the trees.

Total number of species seen for the day is 49, my best ever count for a day so far this year.

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