Sunday, 19 January 2014

Box End Park WeBS: 19/01/2014

Cloudy and mild for this month's WeBS count. With the recent flooding I wasn't expecting much as the birds are able to find standing water just about anywhere at the moment. Although the species list was sparse I did manage a new site tick with the 10 Teal. The Mallard count was surprisingly high, back up where it used to be. Here are the numbers:

Black-headed Gull 52  
Canada Goose 3  
Common Gull 1  
Cormorant 4  
Grey Heron 2  
Mallard 106  
Meadow Pipit 1
Moorhen 2  
Mute Swan 13  (includes Orange 744)
Teal 10  (Departed 07:55)

Total number of species: 10, Individuals: 194

Other note worthy sightings included:

Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming
Green Woodpecker 2
Skylark 1 over west

Probably the best sighting of the morning was the Little Owl calling while perched in a tree on the west side of the park, by the road. Another could be heard calling a little further off, on the far side of the road near the stables. Another site tick.