Saturday, 8 January 2011

08 January 2011

A nice 2 hour visit too Westport this morning and my first full visit of the year, weather was quite pleasant although with a cold northerly wind, dry but very damp underfoot from heavy overnight rain.

As I entered by the bottom entrance 56 Black-headed Gulls were on the playing field, on the mainly frozen boating lake 2 pair of Shoveler and a female Goosander among the Coots and Black-headed Gulls, there was also a female Goosander on the main lake which was approx 60% covered with ice, also on the main lake a single Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 3 Goldeneye, 28 Pochard, 27 Tufted Duck and 2 Mute Swans. A couple of Pied Wagtails were on the grass verge.

In the nature reserve by the 1st gate a couple of Siskin flew over and a Green Woodpecker was heard calling from near Prices Field, as I walked across the bridge near the Turtle log a Water Rail flew down towards the 1st gate, this is a first at Westport for me and one I've been trying too catch up on all last year, back by the main lake a Grey Heron was feeding along the edge, I joined up with Nick and George to try and re find the Water Rail but to no avail, at least 3 Bullfinches were in the trees by the 1st gate, we went up onto the gas works and the sewage works but nothing much of note except a Buzzard being mobbed by a couple of Carrion Crows, back on the main lake and the only other addition was a Common Gull among the Black-headed Gulls.

Off now too my home county of Lancashire for Red-breasted Goose, will also put a overview of Westport 2010 on here soon.

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