March WeBS Day

   A beautiful morning to be out at Ladywalk, signs of spring were everywhere. Despite the early drizzle, the birds were in full voice. A dozen Chiffchaff were around the reserve, mainly along the river singing away. A Small Tortoiseshell was out around Bittern Hide.

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Small Tortoiseshell – P.Lichfield

   High in the sky 4 Buzzards soared and grappled over B pools followed by 3 Ravens passing through. On the pools themselves, potentially 3 pairs of Great Crested Grebe were busy in courtship dancing and nest building whilst a pair of Little Grebes are setting up home right in front of Hide B.

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Little Grebe – P.Lichfield

   Waterbird numbers continue to dwindle but there are still good numbers of Shoveler and Teal, though no sign of a hoped for Garganey this morning. The pair of Pintail were split between the river and main pool and the Kingfishers were vocal on the river under the bridge by the car park. Sadly the Bittern seems to have departed, last sighted on the 1st March.

WeBS List;

Mute Swan 6, Canada Goose 52, Mallard 68, Gadwall 26, Pintail 2, Shoveler 111, Wigeon 34, Teal 95, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 52, Goosander 6, Little Grebe 8, Great Crested Grebe 6, Cormorant 40, Grey Heron 1, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 4, Moorhen 27, Coot 34, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 5, Snipe 1, Black-headed Gull 11, Lesser Black-backed Gull 3, Kingfisher 2.

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