Sunday, 15 September 2013

Linacre - 15th September 2013

The weather forecast for today was wet and windy, but when I woke the sky was clear and there was just a light wind, so I decided to pop to Linacre for a few hours. I went round all three reservoirs and  managed to record some great birds.

The highlights were 5 Common Buzzards, including the apparent family party of 4 together, 2 different Kingfishers (1 on the middle reservoir and 1 on the river below the bottom reservoir), 1 Crossbill over the top reservoir, 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 1 Raven heard overhead, the family party of Little Grebes (2ads and just 2 juveniles), 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (7 adults and 2 juveniles/1st winters), feeding in the field by the main entrance, Linnets heard by the top reservoir and flocks of 20+ Swallows and 30 House Martins!

Duck numbers are starting to build up again (25 Mandarin Ducks and 59 Mallards today), and the males are starting to look very smart in their newly-moulted feathers. Looking good for next week's WeBS count.

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