Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Roll on Spring.......

People busy with ground maintenance at the pools, though still plenty of birds on the water, with Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Coot, Mallard, Swan and a dozen BH Gulls all present. I seem to remember last year the gulls looked like they were going to colonise the island, wonder what they will do this year? Wildfowlers’ Pool saw 300 Pink footed Geese and a dozen Canada's, a Little Egret was near the bank.

The track was quiet along with The Flood with only 3 Redshank present. On Aldcliffe Marsh were a good 2000 Lapwing, mixed in were Dunlin and Starling. Near the pylons was another Little Egret.
Some figures for the patch from WeBS on Sunday,
Swan 24
Lapwing 478, about 1500 over bypass fields, been 2500 on aldcliffe marsh this week.
Shelduck 5
Cormorant 7
Curlew 44
Canada 113
Greylag 300
Bh gull 44
Herr gull 2
Com gull 6
Mallard 20
Peregrine 2
Rock Pipit 2
Skylark 2
Blackbird 25
Starling 55
Dunnock 2
Robin 1
Great/Blue Tit up to 8 of each.
Pheasant 5
Reed Bunting 2 day before! (Guy)
Raven 1
Crow 7
Woodpigeon 30
Magpie 6

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