Sunday, 14 April 2013

Box End Park WeBS: 14/04/2013

It didn't take long to notice the Common Terns were back at the park, just one at first, rising to 7 and back down to 3 by the time I left. Seems most were moving through. Swallows were also on the move with two seen separately, one heading west and the other north west. New arrivals were Blackcap and Willow Warbler, just one of each on site. A couple of Chiffchaffs were also around but they have been in for a couple of weeks now.

Full WeBS counts as follows:

Canada Goose 5  
Common Tern 7
Cormorant 5  
Egyptian Goose 1  
Gadwall 2  
Great Crested Grebe 2  
Grey Heron 1  
Kestrel 2  
Kingfisher 1  
Mallard 9  
Moorhen 1  
Mute Swan 5
Oystercatcher 2  
Pied Wagtail 1
Skylark 3  
Total number of species: 15 Individuals: 47
There were signs that at Mute Swan had been taken by a Fox. There was a trail of feathers from the south end of the lake to the stream on the southern boundary of the park. No sign of significant parts other than a bit of a wing, so no rings to be found.

Great to see the arrival of the Spring migrants, they have been a long time coming! A bit disappointing that there were no more waders, was hoping for Common Sandpiper and/or Redshank, maybe next time.