13 November 2016

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Common Scoter (Nick Adams)

CWP 74:   Common Scoter.  1 early in the morning with 3 present at 1345.     When not feeding they stayed close together but split up when diving and feeding.  Also 10 Goldeneye (5 drakes) and 3 dunlin flying with 200 lapwing when flushed from the scrapes.    Nick Adams.  Bob Philpott.  Nigel Pleass

CWP 125:   Female Scaup type (unfortunately disturbed by open water swimmers before confirmation).   Influx of pochard on to the lake.    Ian Ralphs.

Shorncote area:   2 Stonechats, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipits, Raven, 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Snipe, Skylarks, a sprinkling of Redwings and Fieldfares, Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler heard.    Kim and Sue Milsom

CWP 68d:  At the ringing site – 15 Chiffchaff (inc 3 Siberian type), 2 Blackcap and 4 Cetti’s Warbler.   Nigel Pleass

Cleveland Farm:  Additional birds seen during WeBS:    2 common crossbill, 4 lesser redpoll, 3 siskin, 12 skylark and 15 meadow pipit heading over south.   Around the site – 10 cetti’s warbler, 16 bullfinch, 8 chiffchaff, 1st calendar year female peregrine, female sparrowhawk, 10 reed bunting, 31 linnet, 10 stock dove and 2 green woodpecker.    Nick Adams

WeBS count for CWP 66, 69, 76, 96, 81 and 200:    Mute Swan (10), Coot (37), Wigeon (44), Cormorant (4), Great Crested Grebe (7), Tufted Duck (20), Mallard (115), Pochard (1), Little Grebe (9), Black Headed Gull (29), Little Egret (2), Moorhen (3), Grey Heron (1), Lapwing (120), Snipe (2)    Angela Pomfret

Cleveland farm WeBS count (in addition to the Scoter):  92 mute swan, 65 greylag goose, 2 Egyptian goose, 48 cormorant, 8 grey heron, 2 little egret, 34 great crested grebe, 3 little grebe, 134 tufted duck, 40 mallard, 87 gadwall, 1610 wigeon, 369 teal, 74 pochard, 17 shoveler, 23 goldeneye, 7 water rail, 17 moorhen, 889 coot, 22 lesser black-backed gull, 19 black-headed gull, 5 herring gull, 5 dunlin, 5 snipe, 169 lapwing and 3 green sandpiper – a total of 3,750 birds.    Nick Adams

WeBS count highlights:   CWP(e).   (John Durell)
CWP112: Kingfisher
CWP114: Tufted Duck 128; Pochard 3; Goldeneye 13; Kingfisher.
CWP116: Wigeon 143; Gadwall 2; Little Grebe.
CWP125: Tufted Duck 64; Water Rail.
CWP126: Gadwall 4; Lapwing(in flight) 12; Water Rail.

N.B:  During a WeBS count at 126 this morning a birder was seen standing on the sandbank at one end of the lake.  This is an area where waders can sometimes be seen and it was noticeable that the usual birds at that end of the lake had gone.   Please could all birdwatchers avoid going into non public areas and avoid disturbance.

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