Sunday, 10 April 2011

Linacre Reservoir 10th April 2011 - 3 new Year ticks and a drained middle resevoir

Last weekend I posted a few pictures of the top reservoir, which is being drained to allow some engineering work to be carried out and mentioned that the middle reservoir was being drained as well. This morning's visit, as well as giving me 3 patch year ticks (Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Greylag Goose), also allowed me  a chance to get some pictures of the middle reservoir.

As mentioned above, more summer migrants had arrived this week and there were at least 4 Willow Warbler singing in trees by the top reservoir, 4 Blackcap in the woods and Chiffchaff numbers had increased to at least 7 birds. As well as these new birds there were 3 Greylag Geese on the middle reservoir with 2 Canada Geese. Interestingly, when I checked the records there were 4 Greylags present on the reservoirs on exactly the same date last year. Perhaps they were 3 of the same ones returning?

3 Greylags and 1 of the Canada Geese

A pair of Great-crested Grebe were on the middle reservoir today, but, looking at the lack of water, I 'd be surprised if they are successful this year. Perhaps more likely to breed successfully are the pair of Little Grebes that were on the bottom reservoir. This reservoir is still full and I think, likely to stay so. Mallard numbers at 32, were about average for this time of the year and Tufted Ducks were still very much in evidence, with 16 around the valley. 2 summer plumaged Cormorants were still present, the Magpies were still attending their nest and a pair of Jackdaw were seen inspecting the chimney on the house by the bottom reservoir. Fingers crossed for breeding as this would be a new record for the site. A Grey Wagtail was seen sitting on the wall by the bottom reservoir as well. A great morning in lovely sunshine.

Next Saturday is the next WeBS walk . We'll also start to check the nestboxes and hopefully record our first Swallows and perhaps Whiethroat as well?

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