Sunday, 18 May 2014

Springwell Lake, Stockers Lake & Bury Lake

An early morning visit to Springwell Lake produced the female Common Goldeneye with only 3 remaining ducklings. It is presumed that the missing ducklings had succumb to predation by Pike although the only fish activity present this morning were dozens of carp thrashing about in the margins.
I then continued on to Stockers & Bury Lakes where a wetland bird survey count provided the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe (19), Great Cormorant (1), Grey Heron (7), Little Egret (12), Mute Swan (27 plus pair with 2 cygnets), Black Swan (1), Canada Goose (37 plus large creche of goslings), Egyptian Goose (4), Gadwall (1), Mallard (34), Common Pochard (7), Tufted Duck (28), Red-crested Pochard (drake), Common Moorhen (4 including nesting pair), Eurasian Coot (90 inc 4 pairs with young), Eurasian Oystercatcher (pair at Stockers Farm), Black-headed Gull (26 inc 5 nesting pairs), Common Tern (12), Stock Dove (2), Woodpigeon, Eurasian Cuckoo (1 singing), Ring-necked Parakeet, Common Swift (2), Great-spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Barn Swallow (5 Stockers Farm), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cetti's Warbler (singing), Eurasian Reed Warbler (4 singing), Sedge Warbler (1 singing), Common Whitethroat (2 singing), Garden Warbler (1 singing), Blackcap (8 singing plus female collecting food), Common Chiffchaff (4 singing), Long-tailed Tit (pair with young), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Jay (2), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw (3 over), Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Reed Bunting (3).
At the south end of Stockers Lake I also noted 2 large Red-eared Terrapin basking on a log.   

                                                        Common Goldeneye with young.

                                                   Canada Goose gosling at Bury Lake.


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