Last month's WeBS walk was a very wet and windy affair (see here). Unfortunately, this month's walk also turned out much the same! Despite the horrible weather, me and my nephew, Luke still managed to record 10 species of birds and reasonable numbers for the time of year.
This month's counts were: Mallard (55), Tufted Duck (59), Moorhen (8), Coot (16- my highest ever February count), Black-headed Gull (9), Mandarin Duck (14), Little Grebe (2), Great-crested Grebe (1 summer plumaged bird), Goosander (1 male) and Cormorant (3).
Woodland birds were quiet, due to the weather, but we did manage to record a couple of Mistle Thrushes (including 1 that was singing), 1 Song Thrush, a lovely Goldcrest , a flock of 20 Starlings by the entrance, a single Common Buzzard being mobbed by some Crows and a flock of c.20 Crossbills, that were feeding by the middle and top reservoirs.