18.01.14. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
Wet and dull weather didn’t deter me today with the WeBS count to do. I usually count on a Saturday away from the normal Sunday as I am engaged in other duties on that day.
No. 6 tank being my count spot and again a good variety of species to keep my interest level tuned. 100 Mallard, 43 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard (2 females), 83 Common Teal, 2 Wigeon (male & female), 30 Common Shelduck, 9 Pintail (7 males, 2 females) in fine plumage and 2 Cormorant perched on dead trees waiting for others to join in the roost.
Wader wise 800 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, 300 Dunlin, 34 Common Snipe (in one flock) and 150 Black-tailed Godwit flew around for a while before heading right back out to the estuary.
A Chiffchaff was calling from the reeds and bushes below the viewing area on the banks above No. 6 tank and several Ravens were about on No. 5 tank.
Observer: WSM, Heather and Findlay Wilde.
Heather & Findlay both had a Kingfisher flying alongside their vehicle whilst driving along Lordship Lane with a tidy flock of Linnet noted.
Paul Crawley out and about saw a Little Egret in a ditch along Godscroft Lane.
Images: first and second by WSM, third and fourth by Heather Wilde.