Sunday, 1 August 2010

01 August 2010

A new month, but I'm afraid no change in the weather, the only good thing I could say was it's dry, heady cloud coverage, very little wind of note, temp 17c so at least it was quite warm, visit from 05.40 - 08.15.

Firstly Happy Birthday to my nephew Jake in sunny Auz, although it's a bit colder there now he tells me, anyway 3 Mute Swans on the model boating lake and 32 on the main lake means we have a extra Swan on this morning, now which one is it!, 3 Mistle Thrushes flew over the playing field high up with a further 1 over the boating lake and 1 over the sewage works, the family of 4 Great Crested Grebes remain on the boating lake and 9 on the main lake of which 3 are juveniles, a Moorhen chick on the top pool looked no older than a day or two, the eclipse male Shoveler remains on the boating lake and was with a female Mallard again, over 20+ House Martins were over the main lake and 15+ Sand Martins, 72 Tufted Ducks is the highest count since winter, pity were just into August otherwise it would of been the highest ever July count.

A single Coal Tit was along the 'Avenue' and 2 Treecreepers by the sidings, 2 Pochard were at the top of the main lake, only 3 Chiffchaffs today and no Willow Warblers so a few must of gone on from yesterday, at least 3 Reed Warblers on the top pool, bird of the day has to be the Green Woodpecker, first heard near the sidings, Nick picked it up in flight over the visitor centre, we followed it along the canal side of the main lake until it disappeared over towards the sewage works, this is a first at Westport for me, a single Willow Tit was calling along the reserve side of the main lake and a single Stock Dove on the old gas works were 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over high north.

Total species seen 39.

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