Sunday, 15 August 2010

Box End Park WeBS: 15/08/2010

Canada Goose 16 (30 more over north)
Common Tern 1
Coot 1
Grey Heron 1
Kingfisher 1
Lapwing 2
Mallard 28 (1 female had a single small duckling)
Mandarin Duck 1 (Eclipse male)
Moorhen 2
Mute Swan 1
Pied/White Wagtail 5

Total number of species: 11 Individuals: 59

Monday, 2 August 2010

Sunday 1st August 2010

A fairly quiet morning around Kempston Mill and Biddenham Loop CP. A juvenile Sparrowhawk was hanging around behind the ILEX building. Last week it sounded like there were 2 youngsters but only the one this week.

Kingfisher for the third week running along the river at the south east corner of Box End Park, seems to be a good spot to see them at the moment.

A Common Buzzard was in the trees at the north end of Box End Park.

At the new Biddenham Vale housing development it was good to see that House Martins have already moved in with birds visiting nesting sites on at least one of the houses and one of the garages. There was also an occupied nest on the Village Medical Centre. I had counted at least 50 House Martins over Gt. Denham earlier in the walk.

The footpath along the back of the Village Medical Centre was alive with Common Blue butterflies, I counted 18 in the short stretch between the golf course and the contractors entry to the housing development. Also spotted a Painted Lady in the same area.

Crossing the fields back towards Kempston Mill a Kestrel was on the spoil heap.

Stock Doves were heard in the woods downstream from the Mill and just north of All Saints Church.

Those were the highlights the morning.