Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Waterside MUTE SWANS are alive and well


Another warm day, despite the wind veering west and dropping light. A few heavy showers but largely dry and clear and bright later.

Very little birding today but very pleased to relocate one local pair of Mute Swans that I could not account for....


The resident pair of Mute Swans were feeding their three cygnets this evening, whilst other breeding birds included a Moorhen on a nest and a pair of Stock Doves. Six pairs of Tufted Ducks were noted.

Nearby, at the bridge over the River Chess, I was absolutely delighted to relocate the Waterside breeding pair of Mute Swans - with both cygnets surviving well. I had been very concerned for their welfare following their disappearance a few weeks ago


Although the smallest of the baby Great Crested Grebes is still being tendered by the mother on the small lake, the two more mature juveniles have now left the site and disappeared. Father remains on the larger lake.

The 10 adult Atlantic Canada Geese have 8 goslings between them and two well-grown juvenile Coots are present.

A pair of Song Thrush was feeding young, two male Common Chiffchaffs were singing and 3 Western Reed Warblers remain.


The Common Swift numbers have now increased to 7.

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