Sunday, 26 February 2017

Newmillerdam - 26 February 2017

I arrived back at the dam wall at the end of my visit and was relieved that I'd got a gull count in before the latest visitor decided to chuck a loaf of bread into the lake and send the gulls frantic. The juvenile herring gull I'd been watching took to the air giving me an additional view, but it was then joined in flight by another herring gull and a magnificent yellow-legged gull flying directly overhead, fighting with the black-headed gulls for the bread.

Large gulls are something of a rarity at Newmillerdam, so three together and a new record for the year as well, was quite a good way to end the day.

The day had started off with a sparrowhawk flying over, then a flock of 100+ redwing off Wood Lane and a couple of grey partridge flying from the rough grassland at Woodmoor Farm. The new unringed mute swan was still on the lake and a third great crested grebe was in.

Black-headed gull (246), Canada goose (29), coot (33), goosander (3 1m/2f), great crested grebe (3), great spotted woodpecker (1), grey partridge (2), greylag goose (12), herring gull (2), mallard (150), moorhen (1), mute swan (7), redwing (100+), sparrowhawk (1), teal (3), tufted duck (8), whooper swan (1), yellow-legged gull (1).

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