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Monday, 17 November 2008

November Wildfowl Count for Watermead CP North and Birstall.

Hi all, here is the latest wildfowl count for Watermead CP North and Birstall.Great Crested Grebe: 21, Cormorant: 37 (this count included the returning Scottish ringed bird FCX), Grey Heron: 8, Mute Swan: 36, Canada Goose: 25, Wigeon: 246, Gadwall: 89, Teal: 49, Mallard: 100, Shoveler: 34, Pochard: 1, Tufted Duck: 86, Little Grebe: 6, Goosander: 2, Goldeneye: 2, Moorhen: 18, Coot: 86, Kingfisher: 3, Water Rail: 4, Lapwing: 60, Snipe: 2, and Hybrid Goose: 1.
Other sightings seen in the area included 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Buzzard.
(The Rangers at Watermead also reported a flock of 15+ probable Bewick Swans over King's Lear Lake early afternoon, but I couldn't find them in the area later in the day).

I also checked out Cossington Meadows later in the afternoon, hopefully to find some Short-eared Owls, but for some numpties (or dog walkers for short!) no Owls appeared in gloom.The only other sighting I saw down at Cossington Meadows was a male Stonechat by the entrance to the reserve.
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