13th December

WeBS counts for Cleveland Lakes (CWP 74 & 68a/b): 58 mute swan, 172 tufted duck, 90 lesser black-backed gull, 36 black-headed gull, 95 mallard, 11 cormorant, 40 great crested grebe, 135 gadwall, 657 teal, 359 coot, 890 wigeon, 9 moorhen, 19 pochard, 2 common snipe, 38 shoveler, 2 little egret, 2 curlew, 27 herring gull, 31 goldeneye, 5 greylag goose, 76 canada goose, 49 lapwing, 7 water rail, 8 pintail, 1 common gull. Total of 2,819 birds. (Nick Adams)

Other species recorded – 12 lesser redpoll, c120 goldfinch, 5 cetti’s warbler, 3 green woodpecker, 12 meadow pipit, 2 chiffchaff – the lesser redpoll were in three small groups mixed in with the goldfinch feeding on willowherb and dock seeds by the footpath. (Nick Adams)

In the field between the reed hide and the hide on lake 74 – 500 black-headed gull, 57 canada goose (8 with neck collars), 1 greylag goose, 23 mallard and 2 little egret. (Nick Adams)

Cleveland Lakes: in addition to birds recorded during the WeBS count today, were 1 chiffchaff, 4 lesser redpoll, 2 jay, goldcrest, long-tailed tit, fieldfare, goldfinch. A flock of 115 Canada geese in the field behind the two Cleveland Lake hides, included 12+ with orange neck rings, plus 2 greylags and 4 little egret. (Mark Shields)

WeBS – Whelford Pools (111 and 111b): Good diversity of wildfowl including 6 male Goldeneye – full of the joys of spring and actively displaying and courting, plus 2 goosanders and 10 bullfinch and flock of yellowhammers and linnets in the surrounding trees (Mark Lang)

WeBS Highlights from Bowmoor & Coln Country Park:

CWP126: 5 Common Gulls, 3 Shoveler.

CWP125: 13 Gadwall.

CWP115, 123, 124: 9 Goldeneye.

CWP114: 15 Goldeneye.

Hannington Wick: 57 Mute Swans with 50 Canada Geese in field near the bridge. (Steve Davies)

Whelford Pools (CWP 111/111b): 9 Goldeneye (8m, 1f), 4 Pochard, 30 Tufted Ducks, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrests, Treecreeper. (Steve Davies)

CWP 126: Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Tit, 20 Goldfinches, 5 Shovelers, Grey Heron. 3 Common, 25 Herring, 300 Lesser Black-backed and 350 Black-headed Gulls. (Steve Davies)

Shorncote Reedbed (CWP 84/85); at dusk, Barn Owl 1 hunting, Mandarin 1m, lapwing 800, golden plover 1, starling 6000, gray wagtail 2, stonechat 2, treecreeper 3, snipe 2, green sandpiper 2, jay 2, little egret 18, skylark 30 in a flock, chiffchaff 6, mistle thrush 2 (David Jablonski & Huw Jones)

Eysey: 40 Golden Plover flying NW from Eysey towards Latton. (Robin Griffiths)

During the WeBS count, one lucky counter encountered an Otter at close quarters in the River Thames!

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