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Sunday, 15 June 2014

June WeBS

Swannery Birding Highlights Of The Week..


Monday 9th to Sunday 15th June 2014...  

There was little, if any, evidence of northward bound passage this week but post breeding dispersal continued, with several more species reappearing having been absent since early spring.


The only real highlight was the continued presence of the female Scaup... 

The female Scaup on The Bund. 

Though oddities in the naturalised-goose moult-flock included up to three Bar-headed Geese and the Barnacle Goose still...

The Barnacle Goose of 'presumed naturalised origin'.

 The Wildfowl totals on today's Wetland Bird Survey were...

Mute Swan - 485
Black Swan - 2
Bar-headed Goose - 1 
Canada Goose - 700
Barnacle Goose - 1
Shelduck - 37
Gadwall - 1 
Mallard - 201
Pochard - 19
Tufted Duck - 39
Scaup - 1

Miscellaneous Water-birds...

The other water-bird totals on today's Wetland Bird Survey were...

Little Grebe - 1
Great Crested Grebe - 50
Cormorant - 9
Little Egret - 9
Grey Heron - 5
Moorhen - 2
Coot - 60


Only three species were recorded this week - three pairs of Oystercatchers (one with three young and one on eggs), two Lapwings and four Black-tailed Godwits.

Gulls & Terns...

The gull and tern totals on today's Wetland Bird Survey were...

Black-headed Gull - 5
Herring Gull - 7
Great Black-backed Gull - 7
Sandwich Tern - 2
Common Tern - 120

This was a pretty representative tally for the week but in addition a second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull was present on Thursday.

Just a few of the fifty plus pairs of Common Terns now incubating on the tern island.  
© Charlie Wheeler wheeler-photography

Common Terns on the perimeter fence. The only other 'sternids' the (so far) thriving colony attracted this week were a few passing Sandwich Terns.


The only noteworthy reports were of up to three Red Kites at 'Abbotsbury' that would probably have been viewable from The Swannery at some stage, although I failed to connect.

Other Land-birds...

Sand Martin was the only species seen that hadn't bred locally either at The Swannery or at least elsewhere in the parish but during the WeBS today I was pleased to hear my first Lesser Whitethroat of the 'spring/summer'. Unfortunately though it was just to the east of my recording area, along The Fleet in the overgrown Clouds Hill Cottage garden, so I've still not had one on the actual patch yet this year!

Only one pair of Swallows are nesting at The Swannery this year but I'm pleased to report that their first clutch has been successfully fledged (unlike last year!). 
© Charlie Wheeler wheeler-photography

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