May 2022 BIRD NOTES
HIGHLIGHTS: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Green Sandpiper, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher.
Water bird maxima were from the WeBS count on 14th unless dated otherwise. 11 Mute Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose reported on 7 dates within the first half of the month, 24 Greylag Goose, 153 Canada Goose, 13 Barnacle Goose 23rd, 6 Shelduck 6th, 2 Mandarin 3rd, 12 Wigeon 3rd, 17 Gadwall 7th, 2 Teal 5th, 65 Mallard, 4 Pochard 1st, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye 7th and 14th, 2 Goosander 2nd, the Great Northern Diver departed as expected early in the month (last seen on 6th), 6 Little Grebe, 81 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebes reported up till 4th and then a single bird till the 12th,when this individual also departed, 21 Cormorant 19th, 2 Little Egret reported on 10 occasions within the month, 5 Grey Heron 3rd and 14th, 14 Moorhen, 74 Coot, 1 Kingfisher 18th. Brood numbers included 13 Greylag, 10 Canada, 12 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 5 Coot. Mute Swans also noted sitting on nests
Raptor sightings included 2 Red Kite on 7 dates, 2 Sparrowhawk 5th,10th and 30th, 8 Buzzards 5th and 10th, 1 Osprey 4th, 12th and 13th, 2 Kestrel 8th, 12th and 19th, a single Hobby 18th, 1 Peregrine 2nd, 6th and 10th.
Thirteen species of waders through this month with 8 Oystercatcher on 6 different dates, 6 Ringed Plover 3rd, 3 Lapwing 21st, 3 Sanderling 10th, 6 Dunlin 10th, 2 Common Snipe 1st, 5 Black-tailed Godwit 15th, 5 Whimbrel 3rd, Single Curlew noted on 9 occasions, 6 Redshank 10th, 1 Green Sandpiper 3rd, 4 Common Sandpiper 5th, 4 Turnstone 3rd.
Maximum Gull numbers were 1 Mediterranean Gull on 9 different dates, Black-headed Gull present all month, 3 Common Gulls 5th, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 12th, 15th and 23rd, 2 Herring Gulls 16th, 19th, 20th and 28th, a single Great black-backed Gull seen on 12 occasions.
Terns continued to pass through with 3 Common Tern 15th, c20 Arctic Tern 2nd, and 10 on the following day.
Among other species were 2 Red-legged Partridge 8th, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 10th, 1 Tawny Owl 10th and 19th, 35 Swift 12th, 300 Sand Martin 1st and 3rd, 100 Swallow also 1st and 3rd, 80 House Martins 12th, 2 Yellow Wagtail 1st, 2 Grey Wagtails present on 8 dates, 5 Pied Wagtail 3rd, 8 Redstart 15th, 11 Sedge Warbler 7th, 6 Reed Warbler 14th with 4 singing, 42 Blackcap 11th, 14 Garden Warbler 11th, 1 Lesser Whitethroat around the wildlife Centre Creek on 8 occasions, 2 Whitethroat 31st, 6 Goldcrest singing 23rd, 6 Treecreeper either with young or carrying food 23rd, 53 Chiffchaff 11th, 12 Willow Warbler 11th, 2 Spotted Flycatcher 18th, 5 Pied Flycatcher 19th, 3 Willow tit 4th, 5 Tree Sparrow 30th also seen carrying food on the 4th.
Perimeter count conducted on 11th.
A total 111 species for this month compared to 111 in 2021, 87 in 2020, 108 in 2019, 104 in 2018.