Sunday, 15 June 2014

Box End Park WeBS: 15/06/2014

Good numbers of Mallards in the park this morning with a lot of shabby looking males now they are starting their post breeding moult. A few new broods of ducklings on show. The Black Swan seems to have taken a liking to the park and remains on the list for the second month running.

Good numbers of Coots this year with what looks like 6 pairs and at least 3 nests. 2 of the nests a 1 and 2 chicks respectively although there may be more on the nest with 1 as that is quite well hidden on the island.

Common Terns seems to be relatively quiet this year. I could only manage a count of 6 this morning. I am unable to locate any nests due to the vegetation on the island but hopefully they are there.

Of the 3 pairs of Mute Swans 2 have cygnets. One pair have at least 4 but were obscured by the vegetation on the island where they snoozed. The other pair have 3 cygnets.

Here are the counts:

Black Swan 1  
Black-headed Gull 4  
Common Tern 6
Coot 12
Cormorant 3  
Grey Heron 1  
Kingfisher 1  
Mallard 80
Mandarin Duck 1  
Moorhen 3  
Mute Swan 6
Oystercatcher 3  
Pied/White Wagtail  2
Skylark 3

Total number of species: 13 Individuals: 123

Other birds of note were:

Blackcap
Reed Bunting (at least 3 singing males)
Common Whitethroat
Green Woodpecker
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Stock Dove