Sunday, 19 December 2010

Box End Park WeBS: 19/12/2010

After all the snow yesterday I was pretty pessimistic about the survey at Box End Park this morning, but to my surprise the long walk through the snow was worth while. The lakes were 100% frozen but the river was still flowing freely so most of the wildfowl were on there. The Lapwings and Gulls were all sat out in the middle of the ice on the north lake:

Black-headed Gull 24
Common Gull 1
Cormorant 1
Kingfisher 1
Lapwing 43
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 57
Meadow Pipit Present
Moorhen 5
Mute Swan 1
Pied/White Wagtail 1

Also, on arrival at the park 7 Redwing flew over and settled in the hedgerow opposite the entrance.

On the way to the park I stopped at Kempston Mill where the 2 regular male Mandarins had been joined by a female, the first I have seen there for over a year. There were also 2 Little Grebe on the river, one at the Mill and the other a little way downstream. A pair of Mute Swans and a Juvenile and the usual melee of Mallards were also present at the Mill.