Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Duck Count - LGRE


Another very windy day, with blustery SW winds bringing moist moderately mild conditions. It did just about remain dry during daylight hours but was generally grey and dull.

I took the opportunity to do a full count at the reservoirs and was impressed by the number of wildfowl and waders had returned since the freeze. Lapwings were in impressive numbers, whilst other highlights were a redhead Goosander and 4 Little Egrets........


I could only locate three (two drakes) of the recently present 8 RED-CRESTED POCHARDS on Startop's but other wildfowl present included 1 Mute Swan, 31 Atlantic Canada Geese, 94 Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, 21 Northern Pochard and 312 Coot.


A party of 44 Shoveler was a high count for Tringford whilst 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 13 Pochard, 18 Coot and 3 Moorhen were also counted.


Just 1 Great Crested Grebe back (just where are they all - with just 6 in total, this is pathetic), along with 2 Canada, 4 Greylags, 12 Mallard and 4 Coot.


Great Crested Grebe (a pitiful 4 noted)
Little Grebe (2)
Cormorant (predominantly Sinensis) (23)
Grey Heron (8 roosting by the 'pool' by the tall Poplars)
LITTLE EGRET (4 roosting with the Grey Herons)
Mute Swan (just 2 - another species that has emigrated!)
WHOOPER SWAN (the two adults are back for their second day - not seen anywhere during the freeze)
Greylag Geese (50 exact)
Mallard (55)
Gadwall (just 5)
Eurasian Wigeon (609 - dramatic increase)
Pintail (none - perhaps all 8 moved on to Calvert)
Common Teal (412)
Shoveler (44)
Tufted Duck (78)
Pochard (142)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (3 still, including the adult drake)
GOOSANDER (redhead still present - 2nd day? - in front of Drayton Hide)
Coot (345)
*LAPWING (an impressive 853 birds click-counted - the highest total in several years)
*EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER (26 birds in with the Lapwing flock)
*COMMON REDSHANK (1 on mud by the hide) (not seen by me - RH, DB, et al)
Black-headed Gull (501)
Common Gull (83)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2)
BRITISH HERRING GULL (Argenteus) (1 juvenile - my first in Herts this year)

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