Sunday 19 January 2014

Wintersett, Sunday

Not the start promised by the weathermen, but the cloud had lifted by mid day and we finally got to see the sun for a few hours.
Waterfowl counts include;- Great Crested Grebe 61, Goosander 61, Goldeneye 60, Shoveler 19, Wigeon 198, Tufted 177, Pochard 104 and a couple of Water Rails on the Top Res.
The gull roost split between the two lakes again so we covered both to get a combined count;- the second-winter Caspian Gull was on the CP by 14.30 hours and eventually it came close to the hide where it could be seen to be ringed. Maybe it's last years ringed bird returning now a year older? Hopefully it will hang around long enough to read the ring number again. Two adult Yellow-legged Gulls were also on the CP and the combined counts for the commoner gulls are - GBBGull 403, LBBGull 6, Herring Gull 1650, Common Gull 1350, Black-headed Gull 8700. A pleasant surprise at dusk was a Bittern which was found in the Top Res reedbeds, the first record this winter.

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