Tuesday, 22 March 2011

22 March 2011

A cool bright sunny morning with slight cloud cover, very slight southerly breeze, temp 6c, visit from 06.20 til 08.10.

A very quiet morning around Westport with just a couple of decent birds to make it worth while, as I came into the bottom entrance a male Goosander flew over towards the main lake, there was also a female on there and another on the boating lake, also on the boating lake 2 male Tufted Ducks and the 2 Great Crested Grebes, with another 4 on the main lake, just 19 Tufted Duck remain on the main lake with 2 Mute Swans, 1 Pochard and the male Shoveler, along the grass bank a couple of Mistle Thrushes with another near the top entrance to the park, a single Meadow Pipit flew over calling and 2 Pied Wagtails flew low over, 3 Chiffchaffs were heard singing this morning, 1 near the bottom of the nature reserve, 1 on the sewage works and 1 along the 'Avenue', we flushed the usual pair of Teal from the small brook by the 1st gate, a pair of Bullfinches were by the top pool and a Jay flew across the gas works, on the sewage works and the female Pheasant which has been missing for a while was back in it's usual place, I think the last time I saw it was mid January! Back on the main lake and the long awaited arrival of the first Sand Martin, it flew around for a few minutes around the top edge before flying off, another Westport year tick, also on here the immature male Goldeneye and 4 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew in.

Mid morning, Dave Kelsall recorded the following, Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, Raven, Peregrine, Skylark all flying over, also present Grey Wagtail and 2 Sand Martin.

The Westport year list currently stands on 87 with my personal list on 73.

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