Sunday, 8 March 2015

Linacre WeBS - March 2015

I carried out this month's WeBS count yesterday morning, along with 2 members of the Chesterfield RSPB Group (thanks for your company, and spotting skills!). The weather wasn't great. It was quite sunny and 8 degrees, but there was a stiff wind that made the eyes water at times (very similar to last year's March walk - see here). Despite this we managed some good counts, and enjoyed a really nice walk around all 3 reservoirs.

Birds counted were Mallard (53), Tufted Duck (31- a very respectable count for this time of year), Coot (12), Moorhen (6), Great-crested Grebe (4- 2 pairs again), Black-headed Gull (20), Cormorant (3- 2 in breeding plumage), Mandarin Duck (1 male), Grey Wagtail (1 heard, but not seen).

No spring migrants were heard, but the resident birds were in good voice, with Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming, and Dunnock, Robin and Chaffinches singing. A Magpie was also seen, and 2 Common Buzzards were flying over the top reservoir.

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