Sunday, 18 September 2011

Linacre -WeBS Walk 17th September 2011

Wow, what a super turn out for this month's WeBS walk. Many thanks to everyone who came (you know who you are!), which resulted in some good waterfowl counts and an amazing sight of 4 Common Buzzards being mobbed by a Sparrowhawk!

Autumn leaves

Out on the water Mallard numbers had increased to 79, a juvenile Moorhen was only the second recorded this year and was part of 9 counted today. Coot numbers were at 11, 1 Little Grebe was seen as were: 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 Tufted Ducks and 15 Mandarin Ducks. Also over the water were  at least 5 Swallows, 10 House Martins and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Top reservoir

In the surrounding woodland we managed to find, amongst the usual suspects, a Willow Tit, a singing Chiffchaff, a large flock of at least 50 Siskin and a Treecreeper.

The only butterfly species recorded today was a Red Admiral, found basking in the sunshine at the end of the walk.

Red Admiral

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