Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Box End Park WeBS: 10/11/2013

My WeBS count at the weekend was more notable for the none WeBS birds. Starlings were the main players with at least 4150 Starlings over west during the morning. I believe these to be from a local roost, possibly the Willington roost I have been visiting for the murmuration. It would be great to know for sure. One of the flocks was ~3000 and 2 others numbered ~500.

Other notable flocks passing over were as follows:

40 Canada Geese over south.
4 Skylarks over west.
100 Lapwings over west. Probably the local birds from the building site!
7 Fieldfares over west.
30 Redwings over west.

The main WeBS count results were slightly better than last month, Cormorants being the most notable birds with a couple of large groups fishing on the north and south lakes. The 2 Common Buzzards were early birds, coming in before sunrise. In fact I recorded all of the raptors by 07:15.

Black-headed Gull 25  
Buzzard 2  
Cormorant 28  
Great Crested Grebe 4  
Grey Heron 2  
Kestrel 1  
Kingfisher 1  
Mallard 43  
Meadow Pipit 1  
Mute Swan 8  
Pied/White Wagtail 1  
Sparrowhawk 1  

Total number of species: 12 Individuals: 117