Sunday, 17 August 2014

Stockers Lake & Bury Lake

A late morning visit to conduct belated wetland bird survey counts provided the following species:-
Great Crested Grebe (5), Great Cormorant (2), Grey Heron (2), Little Egret (3), Mute Swan (46), Greylag Goose (1), Domestic Greylag Goose (1), Canada Goose (107), Egyptian Goose (5), Gadwall (43), Mallard (39), Northern Shoveler (1), Common Pochard (15), Tufted Duck (48), Common Buzzard (1), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Moorhen (2), Eurasian Coot (266), Black-headed Gull (13), Lesser Black-backed Gull (4), Common Tern (1), Woodpigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet (1), Common Swift (1), Common Kingfisher (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (1), Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, European Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Treecreeper (1), Common Magpie, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, Common Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch (5).

At the phragmites reed bed along the River Colne side of Stockers Lake I noticed a juvenile European Reed Warbler gingerly moving through the reeds. 

While walking back along the far end of the causeway nearing Stockers House I briefly noted a Stoat as it crossed the path and disappeared into vegetation.

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