The first WeBS counts of the year took place over the 12th and 13th January when 2 walks were carried out by me and 4 other members of the Chesterfield RSPB Group. Over the two days we recorded 9 species of water birds, the only species missing being the grebes and wagtails. Where were they?
Species seen this month were: Mallard (90 on 13th), Coot (10 on 13th), Moorhen (7 on the 13th), Mandarin Duck (16 on the 13th), Cormorant (2 on 12th), Black-headed Gull (34 on 12th), Tufted Duck (19 on 13th), Grey Heron (1on both days), Goosander (just 1 female on 12th, compared to 26 last week!) and Kingfisher (1 on 13th). The Kingfisher was seen on the middle reservoir again and is possibly the same bird from last year.
Other birds seen around the reservoirs included Tawny Owls (2 "twitt - twooing" in the woods by Spire View), Common Buzzard (1 in the same area as the owls), several Siskins flying over the reservoirs, singing Great and Coal Tits, 1 overflying Redwing and a new additiotion to the Year List in the shape of a single Treecreeper by the top reservoir.
The Year List moved on one more species today: