Sunday, 18 April 2010

18 April 2010

Left at 06.20 this morning, it felt much warmer than previous mornings, with heavier cloud coverage, there was a light mist on the lake and again little wind of note.
Met up with Nick Smith to do the 'webs' count, we walked around the model boating lake and then all around the main lake, the count was as follows and includes what was in the nature reserve area.
Mallard x51, Canada Goose x85, Coot x38, Moorhen x12, Mute Swan x20, Tufted Duck x21, Cormorant x1 (it spent most time flying around or on the lake, but at one point it was in a tree being mobbed by 20x Carrion Crows) and Teal x2.
At the start we had 5x Little Ringed Plover on the grass bank and verge, by the sidings the first of 5x Chiffchaff a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the model boating lake, on the edge of the main lake a Common Sandpiper flew further up, this was the first of the year, 3x Swallows where flying around the main lake with 6x Sand Martin, also a Grey Wagtail was working its way along the edge of the main lake.
In the nature reserve 4x Blackcaps, 3x Bullfinch and 2x Willow Warbler.
on the old gas works 3x Stock Dove, 2x Lapwing and 2x Grey Herons, also a Reed Bunting was calling by the canal.

In total 44 species where seen the second best count of the month.

Quick visit down Westport this evening produced a nice female Pied Flycatcher in the Nature Reserve by the boardwalk bridge, watched it for about 10/15 mins when I lost sight of it. Nick and Phil came down but we could'nt relocate it, my first for Westport and I think the third ever record.
Also had a Buzzard over, 1x Little Ringed Plover and a female Reed Bunting

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