Sunday, 20 May 2012

Linacre WeBS Walk May 2012

This month's WeBS walk took place yesterday morning and was a combined effort, starting at 05.30 and finishing at 12.30pm! The reason it lasted so long was that it was the combination of an early morning Dawn Chorus Walk (hence the 05.30 start), the normal WeBS walk  and then some ringing.

The morning's walk produced some good sightings with the highlights being singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and a calling Tawny Owl.

Willow Warbler

Out on the water we managed to locate our first evidence of successful breeding for several species when a female Mandarin Duck was found with 8 young, a pair of Canada Geese had 2 goslings and a Coot was sitting on a nest on the middle reservoir. Also over the water were about a dozen Swallows, 2 House Martins and 4 Sand Martins. A pair of Mallards were seen with 2 young and a Great crested Grebe was seen in the vicinity of its nesting site. Just 2 Moorhens were seen and, as yet, I've not recorded any evidence of breeding this year.

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