Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Sightings over the week: More Vis-migging and Wildfowl count

Digiphoned Black Tern on the Waterski pit!

Although I have been very busy at work lately,when I have had time I've been down the Soar Valley Vis-migging and I did the first wildfowl count of the Autumn/Winter.

15th September 2010:
 After finishing work I found maybe another Juvenile Marsh Harrier in the Soar Valley as it flew over the reedbed at Watermead CP North at around 4.45pm and then slowly flew north towards Cossington.

16th September 2010:
The first wildfowl count of the Autumn/Winter 2010 season at Watermead North (which includes the Pec Pit and Wanlip Meadows LRWT). The highlights of the count  included a Juvenile Black Tern on the water-ski pit, a couple of Hobbies around Wanlip Meadows and a record count of 27 Chiffchaffs moving through the country park.
Here is the rest of what I saw on the count:
Great Crested Grebe:43,Cormorant: 19,Grey Heron:10,Mute Swan:74,Canada Goose:59,Wigeon:21,Gadwall:26,Teal:42,Mallard:134,Shoveler:21,Pochard:1,Tufted Duck:34,Moorhen:32,Coot:119,Little Grebe:4, Buzzard:4,Hobby:2, Greylag Goose:56,Kingfisher:4,Kestrel:2,Lapwing:146,Meadow Pipit:43,Linnet:2,Chiffchaff: 27,Cetti's Warbler:1 and Black Tern:1.

18th September 2010:
Amazingly I actually got up early for me to do a bit of vis-migging before going to work in the afternoon.
The scores on the doors included a good movement of Swallows and Meadow Pipits down the Valley, with 80 Meadow Pipits and 105 Swallows migrating south between 7.30am and 10.30am and at least 4 Swifts still present on site.
For the full lit of the sightings check the Trektellen website at this link: http://www.trektellen.nl/trektelling.asp?telpost=810&site=0&land=5&taal=2&datum=20100918

20th September 2010:
More Vis migging at Watermead CP South, but also a text from Ken Goodrich had me hot-footing it down the valley as Ken thought he had a marsh tern  flying around the lake.
Meeting Ken in the car park I noticed the Tern straight the way and came to the conclusion via scope views that it was a Juvenile/1st winter Arctic Tern.
On the Vis-mig front it was much quieter than the previous Saturday but still had two Swifts present on-site.
Check the link for the counts:http://www.trektellen.nl/trektelling.asp?telpost=810&land=5&site=0&datum=20100920&taal=2

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