Wednesday, 18 August 2010

18 August 2010

not a bad morning for both the weather and the birds, dry with heavy but high cloud cover, temp slightly cooler than yesterday at 14c, wind was again very light, poss north westerly, visit from 06.10 - 08.30.

As I walked into the park 2 Grey Herons were flying around the playing fields and then the main lake before one settled on the posts by the boating ramp on the main lake, Great Crested Grebes seemed a bit low, only 4 were seen on the boating lake, 2 adults and a juvenile from each brood and on the main lake 2 juveniles and 5 adults, 3 Shovelers were on the main lake and a single on the boating lake, a Gadwall was also seen on the main lake and flying around with the Shovelers, around 10+ Swifts were over the main lake after having none at all yesterday, House Martins remained strong with around 120+ and good numbers of Swallows around 50+, back on the main lake 30 Mute Swans with a couple on the boating lake and 1 on the middle pool in the nature reserve, Tufted Ducks remain steady with 75 all on the main lake with a single Pochard.

A single Teal remains on the main lake but again no sign of the Chestnut Teal which was seen later in the day yesterday, a couple of Blackcaps were in the scrub at the top of the main lake, and the Little Grebe was again in the top right corner of the main lake for its second day, a Jay or two were heard calling from the nature reserve, bird of the day was a Hobby picked up by Nick flying through the Swallows and Martins, it came across low and slowly gained height before heading off south, its the third record of the year and my second and the first one we've seen in the morning with all others being afternoon birds, around 6 Chiffchaffs were in the park with most being along the edge of the main lake and on the sewage works and gas works, a single Coal Tit was calling from the canal side of the main lake and again the 1st year Green Woodpecker was seen and heard on the sewage works, a single Treecreeper was with the Tit flock by the boardwalk bridge in the nature reserve with a single Willow Tit and a Willow Warbler was calling from near the top pool.

As you can see above we have yet another exotic visitor to Westport Lake, were all these are coming from I have no idea, I've contacted the RSPCA and Staffs Wildlife Trust, but neither know anything about any ducks being put on Westport Lake, this year alone we've had, Marbled Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Cape Shelduck, Chestnut Teal and now the above Muscovy Duck as well as the Khaki Ducks and several other wierd and wonderful things, if anyone knows were they are coming from could you please let us know.

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