CWP Coordinated Gull Roost Count

Gareth could do with more volunteers on the gull roost survey.   I have repeated the article below.

The last coordinated count of gull roosts in the CWP was undertaken in winter 2005/06.

In conjunction with the BTO Winter Gull Roost Count in 2003/2004 and a series of casual observations, the data confirmed that the CWP supported an increasing winter roosting population of gulls, in particular black-headed gulls, common gull, lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls, with smaller numbers of med gulls, yellow-legged gulls, greater black-backed gulls, Caspian gulls etc and occasionally a white winged gull to liven things up.

Furthermore these surveys highlighted that the CWP supports, in winter, an internationally-important population of lesser black-backed gulls, which at the time equated to over 5000 birds. An update to this work is overdue – a lack of recent counts is leaving a large gap in our knowledge of how these species use the CWP today, not least in response to changes in lake use across the CWP.

On Sunday 21st January 2018 (the January WeBS date) we hope to undertake a coordinated count of sites across the CWP; to do so will require a large team since there are a large number of sites and some sites are large enough to require more than one observer. We may require a team of around 30 people to achieve full coverage, but obviously some compromises may be necessary – focus will be upon covering the core sites.

If you’d like to get involved in this please let us know.

Experience of counting gulls is of course a pre-requisite; whilst the focus is on the more common and widespread species in order to maximise counts of these, there is of course the chance of encountering less common species too. All of the data will be contributed to the BTO’s Wetland Bird Survey and will therefore contribute to various population estimates.

More details will follow nearer the time once we know how many people are interested in getting involved. Many thanks – Gareth Harris. Local Organiser for Wetland Bird Survey in the CWP.

If you’d like further information, or to confirm your interest, please either send your details using the comments box below, the sightings and comments page or email me at ‘cwpbirds[at]’ and I will collate responses for Gareth.    Bob Philpott

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15 November 2017

Cleveland Farm:   82 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall 9 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 113 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 6 Cettis Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7000 Starling roost, Hawfinch Brambling, 2 Siskin, 2 Redpoll.   Also a bittern heard a couple of times.   Nigel Pleass

CWP 125:  Just over 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.    Duncan Dine.

Lesser Black-backed Gull numbers make this an important species within CWP and part of the reason it is being proposed as an SSSI.

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14 November 2017

CWP 68d:  5 Hawfinch over at 08.30.  Also with the ride areas 2 Water Rail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Cettis Warber, 12 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 200 Fieldfare,  80 Redwing,  2 Siskin.    Nigel Pleass

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12 November 2017

CWP 74/68: Marsh Harrier over scrapes, Black Tailed Godwit, 280 Lapwing, 7 Pintail, 18 Shoveler, 185 Wigeon, 94 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 80 Red Crested Pochard, 10 Cettis Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff.    Nigel Pleass. Jon Mercer

CWP 306: Marsh Harrier seen several times, appeared to be targeting Wigeon. Also, 2 Oystercatchers, Kestrel, Buzzard, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, a few Fieldfares and Lapwings, 2 Song Thrushes, 40 Coots, 4 Moorhens, 150 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Herons.  Steve Davies

CWP 305: 14 Barnacle Geese, 7 Egyptian Geese, c600 Canada/Greylag Geese with a few hybrids, 7 Pochard, 3 Tufted Ducks, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 15 Lapwings, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtails, 3 Little Egrets, 150 Fieldfares Redwings. 3 Fallow Deer on the far bank.  Steve Davies

6 Goldeneye and 4 Goosander on CWP 41 with 16 Red Crested Pochard on CWP 44.   Paul Rich

Recently the number of Harrier sightings from around the Water Park has increased but I still can’t work out how many individual birds there are or even whether this is one widely roaming individual.  Can I ask if anyone sees a Marsh Harrier can they note the time seen as well as the location.

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11 November 2017


Stonechat (Jon Mercer)

CWP 57:   Ring- necked Duck.   (Per Twitter)

Blakehill:  Male and Female Stonechat, 150 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing.  Jon Mercer

CWP 130: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Buntings, 10 Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, 80 Fieldfares/Redwings, 3 Grey Wagtails, 8 Pied Wagtails.  Steve Davies

CWP 132: 2 Whoopers Swans, 45 Mute Swans, Marsh Harrier briefly, 2 Red Kites, 2 Green Sandpipers, Snipe, 200 Lapwings, Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Geese, 10 Pied Wagtails, Goldcrest.  Steve Davies

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10 November 2017

Waterhay: A Kingfisher by the river, around 30 Redwing plus an occasional Fieldfare, and several Pied Wagtails in the field with the cattle.    Richard Vernon

Shorncote:    1 kingfisher, 3 stonechat(2m1f), a juvenile peregrine from hide one, 1 green woodpecker,  several redwing and fieldfare, 4 Mistle thrush, water-rail heard, and 2 common sandpiper.   Dave Soons

Blakehill: 3 Stonechats, c100 Fieldfares, c60 Redwings, c100 Starlings.   Robin Griffiths

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9 November 2017

Shorncote: Kingfisher 1, Snipe 1, Stonechat 2, Bullfinch 1 pair, Little Egret 2, Heron 3, Little Grebe 6, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Lapwing 9, Shoveler 1 pair, Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 60+, Pied Wagtail 2, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1, Red legged Partridge 11, Long tailed Tit 9, Meadow Pipit 13, Reed Bunting 1, Fieldfare 100+, Gadwall 7, Large flock of wigeon and tufted duck.  K & L Perkins

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