18 January 2015

Blakehill:   At about 14.00 hours a group of 7 Short-eared Owls interacting with a Raven over the uncut area of the reserve. The owls were soaring quite high above the grassland until the Raven moved away.     John Grearson.  Robin Griffiths.   (seen at WWT Wardens Meeting) 

Shorncote:   Little Owl, Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 16 Little Egrets, Grey Heron    Felicity Cobb

CWP 9:   Flock of 49  Canada Geese – at least 7 had orange collars.    Simon Ashley.

I don’t always include collar sightings on here, although we always need any that you do see.   This entry by Simon is timely in that Bea Downing, the researcher has provided an update on the Canada Geese project.    For details please see this link.

Canada Geese update

WeBs updates today:

Cleveland lakes:  843 Wigeon, 330 Coot, 144 Pochard, 121 Gadwall, 89 Tufted Duck, 88 Teal, 68 Shoveler, 57 Mallard, 37 Snipe, 27 Cormorant, 23 Greylag Goose, 21 Pintail, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Goldeneye, 8 Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swan, 4 Water Rail, 3 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe (Total Waterbirds: 1903) (Gareth Harris & Nick Adams)

Plus  47 Reed Bunting, 40 Linnet, 40 Goldfinch, 15 Meadow Pipit, 10 Fieldfare, 10 Bullfinch, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 singing Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Song thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker . And a Fox! (Gareth Harris & Nick Adams)

Waterhay:  1000 Lapwing and 2 Snipe flushed off the flooded fields by a male Peregrine (Nick Adams)

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