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Wildlife in December 2015

Posted: Tuesday 19th January 2016 by WhisbyWarden

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Wildlife in December 2015

BIRDS.
The monthly WeBS count 9on 19th revealed 3 CANADA GOOSE; 316 COOT; 365 GADWALL; 10 GOLDENEYE; 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBE; 3 GREY HERON; 209 LAPWING; 1 LITTLE EGRET; 105 MALLARD; 17 MOORHEN; 54 MUTE SWAN; 4 POCHARD; 20 SHOVELER; 13 SNIPE; 126 TEAL; 105 TUFTED DUCK; 1 WATER RAIL; 227 WIGEON.

The wintering BITTERN was reported on 7 occasions throughout the month at Grebe Lake reed-bed by patient observers.
Teal Lake held 12 BULLFINCHES on 12th and smaller numbers were reported on several occasions across the reserve.
Three BUZZARDS soared over Whisby on 25th with 1-2 reported on other dates.
CARRION CROWS reached the high total of 150 at Teal Lake on 2nd.
The second CETTI’S WARBLER for Whisby revealed itself at Orchid Glade (Grebe Lake) on 19th and 23rd.
The odd wintering CHIFFCHAFF was recorded at Grebe Lake and Coot Lake.
Just a single COAL TIT was reported at the feeders.
There was a very large gathering of CORMORANTS at Teal Lake during the first half of the month which peaked at 92 on 6th.
The huge count of 365 GADWALL on 19th (the total of all the reserve Lakes but excluding the North Hykeham pits) is thought to be possibly the largest single-site count ever recorded in Lincolnshire.
There was a party of 8 GOLDCRESTS at Willow Walk on 13th and 8 records of smaller numbers throughout the month.
A good flock of 20 GOLDFINCHES was seen at Thorpe Lake on 2nd.
The only GOOSANDER record was of one flying over Grebe Lake on 24th.
A maximum of 127 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS gathered at Teal Lake on 29th.
The only GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER recorded was at Thorpe Lake on 2nd.
The only GREEN WOODPECKER recorded was at Teal Lake on 22nd.
Single GREY WAGTAILS were noted occasionally at Grebe Lake, Redland’s old yard and Teal Lake.
76 GREYLAG GEESE were counted on adjacent farmland on 15th.
The largest count of HERRING GULLS at Teal Lake was 34 on 4th.
Around 600 JACKDAWS were estimated at Teal Lake on 11th. These included about 5 examples of the Nordic race which would have originated in Scandinavia. Their plumage is slightly different.
Far fewer JAYS were seen. Only 1-2 were recorded on 2 dates.
Similarly the only KINGFISHER record was of 1 at Teal Lake on 26th.
The only 2 significant counts of LESSER REDPOLL were of 10 at Grebe Lake on 17th and 11 at Teal Lake on 25th. Up to 3 were seen on 5 other occasions.
3 LITTLE EGRETS appeared at Teal Lake on 1st. 1-2 were seen there on eight other dates.
Just 1 LITTLE GREBE was recorded at Willow Lake on 28th.
The largest flock of LONG-TAILED TITS was 16 at Teal Lake on 24th.
As many as 38 MAGPIES roosted at Thorpe Lake peninsula on 11th.
There was a PEREGRINE at Teal Lake on 1st.
Up to 10 REDWINGS were often seen especially in the Grebe Lake area.
Counts of REED BUNTINGS included 9 at Teal Lake on 1st, and 5 at Grebe Lake on 22nd.
The same SCAUP remained at Teal Lake all month.
SISKIN numbers increased and a maximum of 55 were at Grebe Lake on 24th. There were 30 at Thorpe Lake on 19th.
Dave’s Island at Thorpe Lake held up to 23 SNIPE on 8th, with 14 at Grebe Lake on 25th.
Up to 3 SPARROWHAWKS were located on 2nd across the reserve but 1 at Grebe Lake was observed very regularly.
The only STARLING flock of any note was 1200 at Teal Lake on 1st.
There were 19 STOCK DOVES at Teal Lake on 4th.
A TAWNY OWL called near the Wardens office on 1st.
1-2 TREE SPARROWS were recorded at the feeders occasionally.
1-2 TREECREEPERS were seen at Magpie Walk, Willow Walk, Grebe Lake, West Lake and Teal Lake throughout the month.
Single WATER RAILS were seen or heard at grebe Lake north shore on 19th and 22nd.
15 WHOOPER SWANS flew over Willow Lake on 13th.
WILLOW TITS called at Grebe Lake and Willow Lake in mid-month.
1-2 WOODCOCK flushed from Thorpe Lake peninsula on 10th-11th, while 3 flew from Redland’s old yard on 18th.

MAMMALS.
A HARVEST MOUSE nest was found at Long Pond on 21st.
There were MUNTJAC prints near Willow Lake on 15th.
Another genuine sounding OTTER record was received for Grebe Lake on 20th.
 

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