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Mar 062023

February 2023 BIRD NOTES

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Whooper Swan, Water Rail, Jack Snipe and Marsh Tit.

Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 12th unless dated otherwise. 1 Great Northern Diver reported most days till the end of the month, 8 Little Grebe, 24 Great Crested Grebe 27th, 19 Cormorant 2nd, 1 Little Egret 5th, 9th and 24th, 4 Grey Heron 9th, 2 Mute Swan 3rd, 15th and 27th, 14 Whooper Swan 27th only on site for the single date first group of 4 adults and 6 juveniles left at 08:08 and the remaining 4 left at 08:25, 151 Pink-footed Goose 27th, 35 Greylag Goose 1st, 260 Canada Goose 27th, 35 Barnacle Goose 24th, 4 Shelduck 6th, 1 Mandarin 20th, 161 Wigeon 27th, 84 Gadwall 12th, 733 Teal 6th, 277 Mallard 6th, 1 Pintail 6th, 10th and 12th, 2 Shoveler 7th and 20th, 1 Pochard reported on 7 dates this month, 25 Tufted Duck 16th, 1 Common Scoter (drake) 12th, 10 Goldeneye 12th and 27th, 4 Goosander 5th, 1 Water Rail 22nd and 26th, 10 Moorhen 22nd, 135 Coot 27th.

Raptor sightings included 4 Red Kite 1st, 4 Sparrowhawk 3rd, 10 Buzzards 26th, 2 Kestrel 20th, 1 Peregrine reported on 11 dates.

Eight species of waders through this month with 12 Oystercatcher 14th, 16th and 27th, 150 Lapwing 1st and 9th, 1 Dunlin 10th and 22nd, 1 Jack Snipe 6th, 14th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 26th, 10 Snipe 16th, 3 Woodcock 2nd, 15 Curlew 26th, 4 Redshank 12th.

Maximum Gull numbers were Black-headed Gull present all month but not in significant numbers, Common Gull also present this month, 500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 5th, 20 Herring Gull 10th, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 9th, 1 Caspian Gull 6th, 3 Great black-backed Gull 2nd.

Perimeter counts were conducted on 7th and 28th along with the other species were 1 Tawny Owl heard calling 3rd and 12th, 2 Red-legged Partridge 1st and 5th, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker 7th with 4 drumming, 8 Skylark 15th, 40 Meadow Pipit 7th, 4 Grey Wagtails 7th, 9th and 21st, 54 Wren 28th, 156 Robin 28th, 93 Blackbird also 28th, 70 Redwing 28th, 33 Long-tailed Tit 28th, 1 Marsh Tit reported on 9 dates this month, 8 Willow Tit 7th, 15 Coal Tit 7th, 175 Blue Tit 28th, 86 Great Tit 7th, 14 Treecreeper 28th, 40 Magpie 28th, 1000 Jackdaw 10th, 18 Raven 22nd, 8 Tree Sparrow 16th, 38 Chaffinch 7th, 8 Greenfinch 28th, 75 Siskin 6th, 80 Linnet 2nd and 3rd, 6 Lesser Redpoll 2nd and 21st, 24 Bullfinch 7th, 9 Reed Bunting 22nd.

The total 93 species noted compares to 92 in 2022, 90 in 2021, 93 in 2020, 92 in 2019, 87 in 2018.

This is the joint second highest total for February only beaten by 96 way back in 2004.


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