Thursday, 6 May 2010

06 May 2010

Started out at 06.20 due to oversleeping, and I'm glad I did, although it was rather foggy out, I didn't realise just how bad it would be down at Westport, you couldn't see across the model boating lake. never mind the main lake, there is not much else I can say about the weather no wind, temp was 12c, it did clear up a bit later when the drizzle came in.
As it was hard to see any birds at first it was mainly down to identifying birds by call rather than sight. Six Chiffchaff seen/heard in total around various parts of the park and the same with the Blackcap, On the model boating lake the Canada's where looking after 7 young with 8 young near the Nature Reserve and 5 young down the canal side of the main lake. Coot young are also starting to make an appearance as well as the 6 earlier in the week there was also two groups of 4 a bit further along the main lake, the weather didn't seem to bring any migrants down, but if anything was up in numbers it would be Pied Wagtails with at least 5/6 around the main lake with the 2x Little Ringed Plovers, the model boating lake just had the 2x Great Crested Grebes on and no swans, all the Mute Swans were on the main lake totalling 10 with 2 on the top pool, despite losing her eggs she continues to sit the nest, the Tufted Ducks are down to 8 now. As usual the Grey Heron was around the main lake, which also had Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins and House Martins in good numbers after the fog had lifted, the extra 2x Shoveler are still on plus 'Sammy' in the Nature Reserve with the female Mallard, also in the Nature Reserve, Bullfinch, 1x Reed Warbler a pair of Willow Tits and a single Whitethroat to go with the other x6 Whitethroat on the old sewage works, also here 1x Garden Warbler, 2x Willow Warbler and nearby 5x Stock Doves. Made it back in at 09.10 just as the downpour came!

Total species seen 44.

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