Sunday, 24 June 2012

Box End Park WeBS: 23/06/2012

Had to sneak the WeBS count in on Saturday morning as it fell on the same weekend as the guided walk at Priory Country Park. Little of note in the main count:

Common Tern 17    
Coot 3  
Cormorant 3  
Great Crested Grebe 2  
Grey Heron 2  
Kingfisher 1  
Lapwing 3  
Mallard 47  Plus family groups of 11 and 2 ducklings.
Mute Swan 15  
Oystercatcher 2  
Pied/White Wagtail 2
Skylark Present
Total number of species: 12 Individuals: 97

Also seen/heard were:
Chiffchaff  2
Blackcap 3
Common Whitethroat 1
Swift ~30
House Martin ~5
Stock Dove 1
Tawny Owl 1
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1

The highlight of the morning was undoubtedly the Tawny Owl which flushed from the trees in the south east corner when I cut through to the river. It flew to the trees on the island but managed to hide itself away again.