18 Mar 16

Priorslee Lake: 07:15 – 09:25

Sunrise: 06:15
c.0°C: Dull yet again; very low cloud with mist and damp in the air. Calm then light and variable breeze. Poor visibility

(42nd visit of the year)

- presumed same Canada Geese that few in yesterday still present: being left alone by the Swans
- different male Pheasant seen: this one in wooded area in the SE corner alongside the Castle Farm Interchange
- the 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 adults and 1 2nd year) dropped in for all of 30 seconds and then were lost in the mist again. The only gulls seen today
- at least 11 Linnets still in the bushes near the academy
- Yellowhammer heard singing across the other side of Castle Farm Way
- an Early Grey moth on one of the lamps: my first-ever record here
- a Field (or Short-tailed) Vole (Microtus agrestis), killed by a dog this morning

Counts of birds flying over the lake (in addition to those on / around lake)
- 1 Feral Pigeon
- 1 Stock Dove
- 10 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Collared Doves
- 1 Jackdaw at least, heard only
- 2 Pied Wagtail
- 1 Greenfinch
- 1 Goldfinch
- 3 Siskins

The counts from the lake area (all ‘best efforts’ in the poor conditions)
- 2 Mute Swans
- 1 Canada Goose again
- 5 (3♂) Gadwall still present
- 4 (2♂) Mallard
- 19 (13♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Cormorants
- 14 Great Crested Grebes
- 20 Moorhens
- no meaningful count of Coots possible
- 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

More like a grey November day than Spring: whatever happened to the March winds?

Though you would not find these on a November day

The cob Swan in pensive, well reflective anyway, mood alongside last year’s reed-mace.

Also reflective: a pair of Great Crested Grebes of course.

With one of them casting reflections.

An Early Grey moth on one of the lamps: my first-ever record here.

This decapitated small mammal seems to have been a Field Vole. The short tail makes it a vole. The size of the ears are the easiest way to tell Field (or Short-tailed) and Bank Voles apart but we cannot use that feature here. The Field Vole has greyer fur – which this seems to have. But before it was decapitated by an errant spaniel I heard loud squeaking noises which is typical of territorial fighting between Field Voles and is often heard during daylight hours.

(Ed Wilson)

On this day in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Priorslee Lake
2 Gadwall
(John Isherwood)

The Flash
2 Teal
(John Isherwood)

Nedge Hill
2 Lapwing
Green Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit
Red-legged Partridge
Stock Dove
(John Isherwood)


Priorslee Lake
1 Mediterranean Gull
1 Iceland Gull
4 Great Crested Grebes
5 Wigeon
2 Gadwall
7 Wigeon 
21 Tufted Ducks 
(Ed Wilson/John Isherwood)

The Flash
2 Pochard 
1 Greater Scaup 
69 Tufted Duck 
(Ed Wilson)

Nedge Hill
20 Linnets
Meadow Pipit
(John Isherwood)

Little Wenlock, Candles Landfill Site
Caspian Gull
(Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake
4 Great Crested Grebe
6 Gadwall
22 Tufted Duck
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake
2 Great Crested Grebe
1 Pochard
23 Tufted Duck
Ruddy Duck
Tufted Duck
Green Woodpecker
Willow Tit
24 Wren
24 Robin
21 Blackbird
33 Redwing
39 Magpie
6 Reed Bunting
(Ed Wilson, Martin Adlam)

Priorslee Lake
c.2500 Black-headed Gulls
605 Lesser-black backed Gulls
5 Herring Gulls
3rd Winter Lesser-black backed Gull Larus fuscus race: heuglini (Siberian Gull)
7 Pochard
34 Tufted Duck
6 Great Crested Grebe
2 Dabchick
1 Cormorant
7 Siskins
(Martin R Adlam)