This month's WeBS walk was again a collaberation between myself and other members of the Chesterfield RSPB Group, thanks Alan.
As always at this time of year numbers of waterbirds are quite low, although the Cormorant and Common Sandpiper were very nice sightings. Birds and numbers seen this month were: Mallard (51), Moorhen (5), Coot (5), Cormorant (3), Tufted Duck (25), Mandarin (16), Grey Wagtail (3), Pied Wagtail (1), Great-crested Grebe (1 adult) and Little Grebe (2 adults).
Other noteworthy birds not recorded by WeBS, but present were Swallow (3), House Martin (10 feeding over the top reservoir), Willow Warbler (1 singing), Blackcap (1 brown capped female or juvenile) and Jay (1 heard).
Butterflies present were Gatekeeper (2), Meadow Brown (4), Small Copper (1), Speckled Wood (2) and Peacock (1).