Wednesday, 21 April 2010

21 April 2010

Very quick visit down Westport this morning from 07.00 - 08.00, not helped by oversleeping an then forgetting I had a appointment this morning. Weather was cold and sunny with a slight ground frost, a little mist over the lake and no wind of note.
Almost the first bird I saw was a White Wagtail (year tick) feeding along the grass verge, Willow Warbler x4, Blackcap x4, Great Crested Grebe, Chiffchaff x2 on the wires in the old gas works area 8x Swallows and 15x Sand Martins where resting, 5x Stock Doves on the railway pylons and a Buzzard was flying over Bradwell Wood, along the canal side of the main lake a Treecreeper was going along the tree line and the Sedge Warbler was again singing in the dogwood at the top right corner of the main lake.

Total species seen only 34, but was a very quick visit.

Nick Smith also had 2x Little Ringed Plover, 1x Shoveler and 2x Teal earlier in the morning.

Back down too Westport this afternoon from 17.50 - 19.50, weather nice and sunny but very cool, 13c but felt cooler with the wind chill off the northwesterly breeze.
The Grey Wagtail was singing away on the wires over the canal by the top entrance to the park, as I came through the entrance I noticed they where lots of hurindines in the sky, looking through them they were all Swallows and House Martins, but a lone Swift was also in the group, another first for the year, doing well this week, had two yesterday and now two today.
Most of the Mute Swans x13 where on the model boating lake, along with the pair of Great Crested Grebes and model tanker and a scuba diver!!
On the main lake loads of Swallows, House Martins and still the Swift, another 3x Mute Swans, 6x Great Crested Grebe and 20x Tufted Duck.
In the Nature Reserve, 3x Chiffchaff, 1x Willow Tit, 1x male Reed Bunting, 1x Willow Warbler and 1x male Bullfinch.
Back on the main lake and 'Sammy' the Shoveler was back with his female companion, a Mallard!
The old gas works had 1x Stock Dove, a Grey Heron flew from the small pool and 2x Jay.
Along the canal side of the main lake, the Sedge Warbler is still singing from the Dogwood, and as I reached the Visitor Centre 2x Little Ringed Plover where back on the grass verge.

Total species seen was 43, and including this mornings sightings 47, not a bad day at all.

Received the above photo today from Tony Brewster, it shows two Red Eared Terrapins which he photographed on the middle pool in the Nature Reserve, if anyone else has anything of note then give me a shout via the e-mail and I will add your comments or photo.

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