Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Linacre WeBS Walk - 14th/15th January 2012

The first of this year's WeBS walks took place over the weekend. I wasn't around on the Saturday, but 7 members of the Chesterfield RSPB Group went down and carried out the count (thanks a lot everyone). Luckily I was free on Sunday, so I managed to get down for a few hours, which was great because the freezing temperatures (minus 3 at 9am today), made everything look really nice. I couldn't resist taking a few "arty" shots of frozen leaves and shots of the boardwalk in the frost, so here they are:

Oak leaf

Top reservoir

The following waterbirds were seen over the weekend:

10 Goosander (our higest ever count!), 3 Teal, 10 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 75 Mallard, 24 Tufted Duck, 82 Black-headed Gulls, 41 Mandarins, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cormorant, 1 Goldeneye (the young male first seen in 2011), 2 Grey Herons, 1 Great-crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe.

As well as all these waterbirds I was lucky enough to see a small flock of Siskin, which were "buzzed" by a small, male Sparrowhawk as well as 3 Mistle Thrush and 2 Fieldfares which were feeding in the fields by the main entrance.

New additions to the Year List were:
60 – Treecreeper
61 – Grey Wagtail
62 - Siskin

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