23 Dec 14

Priorslee Lake:

Late Morning Update: 11:00am

1 adult Yellow Legged Gull
8 Great Black-backed Gulls
6 Gadwall

No sign of the Cetti's Warbler, but very windy.

(John Isherwood)

Early Morning Report: 7:13am - 10:05am

9.0°C > 9.5°C:  broken cloud; slightly less mild; some spots of rain / drizzle. Fresh SW wind. Very good visibility.

Slightly less strong wind this morning. The persistent wind seems to have brought in a good number of mainly passing gulls: nothing of great interest.

Cetti's Warbler not heard again this morning. Now three blank days and it seems likely it has gone.

(155th visit of the year)

Counts of birds flying over the lake (therefore in addition to those on / around lake).
- 21 Canada Geese
- 11 Black-headed Gulls
- c.280 large gulls
- 36 Herring Gulls identified in addition
- 1 Great Black-backed Gull
- 2 Pied Wagtails
- 15 Redwings
- c.720 Jackdaws
- 4 Rooks
- 1 Raven

Counts of birds leaving roosts around the lake
Magpies not counted
116 Redwings
1 Starling
1 Reed Bunting

The counts from the water
1 Little Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Swans
6 (3) Gadwall
9 (4) Mallard
53 (30) Tufted Duck
2 Water Rails (heard only)
10 Moorhens
186 Coots
c.350 Black-headed Gulls
97 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
108 Herring Gulls
9 Great Black-backed Gulls

Other notes
3 Song Thrushes singing this morning, albeit one was rather tentative.

(Ed Wilson)


Priorslee Flash: 10:11am - 10:56am

(127th visit of the year)

At least 4 Great Crested Grebes: one is either a fast swimmer or there were 5.
The Goosanders very flighty this morning: exact numbers hard to discern and when passing Sparrowhawk put up the gulls they all left.
Unlikely to be any Water Rails lurking in the reeds alongside Derwent Drive: an errant cat was seen exploring the area this morning.
Gull numbers overhead hard to even estimate here as large groups were ‘hanging’ in the wind and circling around.

Counts of birds flying over The Flash (therefore in addition to those on / around water)
>800 large gulls
1 Feral Pigeon

The counts from the water
1 Little Grebe
4/5 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
2 Swans
1 Greylag Goose
61 Canada Geese
1 all-white feral goose
44 (30) Mallard
1 all-white feral duck
4 (3) Pochard
46 (26) Tufted Ducks
6 (2) Goosanders
4 Moorhens
18 Coots
c.320 Black-headed Gulls
69 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
30 Herring Gulls

(Ed Wilson)


Holmer Lake

34 Goosander

(John Isherwood)

On this day in 2009 and 2013
Priorslee Lake
1st winter female Great Scaup still present.
- 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (both adults)
- 600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- Black-necked Grebe
(Dawn Balmer & Peter Wilson / Ed Wilson)