Sunday, 8 April 2012

Box End Park WeBS: 08/04/2012 + Otter

The WeBS count was pretty sparse this morning, highlight being the 2 Common Terns that dropped in briefly around 07:30 before they continued through north. Counts were:

Canada Goose 12  
Coot 1  
Cormorant 8    (1 Sinensis type)
Grey Heron 1  
Kingfisher 1  
Mallard 11  
Moorhen 3  
Mute Swan 11    (include the pair with orange darvic rings 384 and 744)
Oystercatcher 2  
Common Tern 2   
Pied Wagtail 2  
Skylark Present (4 seen together but more on site)  
No Gulls present
Number of species 12


Other birds present included:

Chiffchaff 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
Blackcap 1
Jay 1 (mimicking Common Buzzard call)

I was lucky enough to find an Otter again on the river. Initially towards the north east end of the park I followed it down river, finally losing it at the island on the river at the south east corner. Managed some nice shots.

Otter

Otter

Otter

Otter
So all in all a pretty good morning. Very impressed with the open water swimmers who were swimming in the lake when I left, especially the ones in just bathing suits rather than wet suits!