This month's WeBS count took place over the weekend, with 2 walks by Mandy of the Chesterfield RSPB Group on Saturday morning and me on Sunday morning. Both walks were quiet, as is to be expected at this time of the year. My walk only lasted just over an hour, as the wind was so strong and cold, and the water looked more like the North Sea! Unfortunately no summer migrants were recorded, due to high winds, which made singing and hearing almost impossible!
The results show the highest counts from both walks: Mallard (34 on 16th), Black-headed Gull (1 on 15th), Coot (10 on 16th), Moorhen (5 on 15th,), Tufted Duck (13 on 15th), Mandarin Duck (8 on 15th), Great Crested Grebe (2 on 15th), Grey Wagtail (1 on 15th), Cormorant (1 on 15th), Canada Goose (2 on 15th).
Mandy also recorded 1 or maybe 2 Stock Doves , which is the first Linacre record for 2014. Other small birds seen were Crossbill (1 male on 16th), Bullfinch on 15th and a large flock of mixed finches (mainly Siskin), in the Larches by the middle reservoir.
Two Brown Hares were seen in the field by the main entrance on 16th.