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Bird Notes May 2023

 Posted by on June 12, 2023  Carsington Bird Club, CBC Annual Bird Notes, CBC Monthly Bird Notes  Comments Off on Bird Notes May 2023
Jun 122023
 

May 2023 BIRD NOTES

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Osprey, Bar-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Turnstone, Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher.

Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 21st unless dated otherwise. 1 Great Northern Diver reported every day until it was last seen on 12th, 1 Little Grebe 21st, 29th and 30th, 47 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Cormorant 3rd, 2 Little Egret 16th, 2 Grey Heron reported on 8 dates this month, 6 Mute Swan 1st, 25th, 29th and 30th, 38 Greylag Goose, 182 Canada Goose, 4 Barnacle Goose 26th, 3 Shelduck 8th, 1 Mandarin 10th and 11th, 1 Wigeon 1st and 12th, 17 Gadwall, 2 Teal 30th, 51 Mallard, 2 Shoveler 24th , 52 Tufted Duck 23rd, 2 Goldeneye 1st, 1 Goosander 26th, 4 Moorhen 7th, 23 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 20th.

Raptor sightings included 2 Red Kite reported on 6 dates this month, 1 Sparrowhawk on 11 dates, 14 Buzzards 3rd,1 Osprey 5th and 13th with a possible 2 on 12th, 2 Kestrel reported on 7 dates, 1 Hobby 4th, 13th and 19th, 1 Peregrine 3rd, 12th, 17th and 31st.

Sixteen species of waders through this month with 13 Oystercatcher 4th, 1 Avocet 9th and 28th, 2 Ringed Plover 23rd, 1 Grey Plover 4th, 3 Lapwing 19th, 25th and 26th, 1 Sanderling 12th and 27th, 2 Dunlin 4th, 5th and 8th, 1 Snipe 1st and 8th, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit 11 dates this month, 5 Whimbrel 5th, 2 Curlew 14th, 4 Redshank 5th, 6th, 10th and 30th, 1 Greenshank 15th, 2 Wood Sandpiper 5th, 2 Common Sandpiper 5th, 1 Turnstone 26th and 28th.

Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Little Gull 19th, 250 Black-headed Gull 20th and 21st, 3 Common Gull 19th, 74 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 30th, 2 Great black-backed Gull 19th.

18 Common Tern 31st, 6 Arctic Tern 10th, 3 Black Tern 31st.

Along with the other species were 1 Cuckoo 4th and 13th, 1 Tawny Owl 20th and 23rd, 50 Swift 13th, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker reported on 6 dates this month, 100 Sand Martin 2nd and 13th, 100 Swallow 13th, 50 House Martin 13th and 31st, 1 Yellow Wagtail 6th and 7th, 2 Grey Wagtails 10th, 11th, 20th, 23rd and 26th, 123 Wren 20th (from a perimeter count), 104 Robin 20th, 6 Redstart 20th, 1 Cetti’s Warbler 29th, 14 Sedge Warbler 20th, 5 Reed Warbler 9th, 2 Lesser Whitethroat 20th, 1 Whitethroat 2nd, 10th, 17th and 20th, 22 Garden Warbler 20th, 60 Blackcap 20th, 72 Chiffchaff 20th, 26 Willow Warbler 20th, 2 Spotted Flycatcher 20th, 2 Pied Flycatcher 7th, 9th and 13th, 1 Marsh Tit 14th, 5 Willow Tit 26th, 150 Jackdaw 6th, 7 Raven 6th, 11th and 23rd, 2 Tree Sparrow 7th and 11th, 3 Greenfinch 20th, 27 Lesser Redpoll 4th, 15 Bullfinch 20th, 4 Reed Bunting 20th,

The total 115 species noted compares to 113 in 2022, 111 in 2021, 87 in 2020, 108 in 2019, 104 in 2018.

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