Thursday, 17 March 2011

17 March 2011

Sadly no sign of yesterdays Caspian Gull first thing this morning but Nick had a pair of Gadwall which were new in.

I was down at Westport from 08.00 - 10.30, misty at first but brightening up later with a good amount of sunshine. temp 8c and very little wind of note.

Very quiet on the boating lake with just the pair of Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Jackdaws flew over, on the main lake, the usual pair of Mute Swans were later joined by the adult and immature which come and go, the pair of Gadwall were still present which was good news for me as it was a Westport year tick, 4 Pochard were an increase on yesterday and 38 Tufted Duck were present, a single female Goosander flew in as did a female Shoveler to join our resident male, by the entrance to the nature reserve a single Willow Tit just by the 1st gate, a Chiffchaff was singing by the boardwalk bridge and another between the top of the main lake and the sewage works, by the top pool a single Treecreeper and a single Mistle Thrush, lastly on the gas works 3 Stock Doves.

I've also heard news today that the wardens are leaving Westport Lake and that the area is to be changed from a Nature Reserve to a Municipal Park, what this means for the future of Westport I'm not sure but I think budget funding will be reduced.

Scarlet Elf Cap

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