Sunday, 18 September 2011

Box End Park WeBS: 18/09/2011

Kingfishers were very active this morning with at least 2 individuals zipping about. Spotted a Fox again in the horse field at the south end of the park. Finished the morning with a good size flock of Hirundines feeding drinking and resting up around the main building in the park.Estimate at least 80 birds with 30+ Swallows counted on the tow lines at one point. The rest appeared to be all House Martins, couldn't find a Sand Martin in the mix but there may well have been one or more present. The Pied Wagtails were also very active with a best count of 14 but may have been more. A singing Chiffchaff was also heard.

Black-headed Gull 3        
Common Sandpiper 1        
Common Tern 1        
Cormorant 3        
Great Crested Grebe 2        
Green Sandpiper 1        
Grey Heron 1        
Grey Wagtail 1
Kingfisher 2        
Lapwing 1        
Mallard 9        
Meadow Pipit Present
Moorhen 1        
Mute Swan 6        
Pied/White Wagtail 14

Total number of species: 15 Individuals: 46  

Thursday, 8 September 2011

You pay peanuts you get Foxes!

The new location for the Bushnell Trophy Cam has been quite successful, with visits most nights from various animals. After the success of the Badger early on I had the bright idea of putting out some peanuts in the hope of keeping the Badger around the camera for a little longer. Well the Badger did pass by again but didn't stop. It was also quite foggy so not worth showing. The peanuts have had the desired effect with another species, a fox, which has been visiting regularly. Most recently two Foxes visited and there was some nice interraction between the 2.