Saturday, 10 July 2010

10 July 2010

Didn't have time to do the blog yesterday due to shooting off to Norfolk to see the River Warbler and after getting home at 02.30 in the morning I wasn't expecting to make Westport today, but I did and I'm glad I did it turned out to be quite a good morning, esp considering the still warm weather, very sunny with little cloud coverage, temp was 20c, visit from 05.50 - 08.20.

We don't get many House Sparrows at Westport, sometimes we see them by Ted Heath Rock but 3 on the old sewage works was very unusual, 40 Black-headed Gulls between both lakes with a couple of immatures, as usual the Grey Heron was feeding around the boating lake, along with the 4 Great Crested Grebes and another 11 on the main lake, Mute Swan numbers remain steady at 34, as do Tufted Duck and Pochard with 48 and 2 respectively, the 4 Greylag Geese still with the Canada Geese and 3 Linnets flew over the car park.
A Lapwing over the main lake was a first for 2 months and a Lesser Black-backed Gull went through briefly, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling in the nature reserve, approx 3 or 4 Reed Warblers at the top pool, also 2 Coal Tits here, on the old gas works 4 Stock Doves was the highest count for a while as was a single Garden Warbler singing on the sewage works also on here 2 Whitethroats, back on the main lake and a Common Gull was on one of the pipes, this is the first record for 3 months and was a very nice summer adult, very rare at this time of year, lastly while watching the gull we heard the Nuthatch calling and managed to track it down in the Tit flock.

Total species seen 41.

Highlights from yesterday, Little Ringed Plover x2, Common Sandpiper x1, Treecreeper x2, Garden Warbler x1.

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