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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Brownsea Island WeBS Count











A small group of us went to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset to do a WeBS count as part of our 3rd year taxa survey portfolio.

The lagoon was much quieter today than I have experienced before in the winter, probably to do with the amount of ice laying across the exposed mudflat reducing the interest for waders.

shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) x 43
gadwell (Anas strepera) x 28
Northern shovelor (Anas clypeata) x 34
wigeon (Anas penelope) x 15
teal (Anas crecca) x 169
cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) x 3
grey heron (Ardea cinerea) x 17
little egret (Egretta garzetta) x 1
Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) x 2
avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) x 16
common redshank (Tringa totanus) x 7 (probably 9)
spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus) x 1
greenshank (Tringa stagnatilis) x 7
black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) x 9
GBB gull (Larus marinus) x 6
common gull (Larus canus) x 1
herring gull (Larus argentatus) sev
black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) x 16
moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) x 6

The only other bird of note a very pale phase buzzard (Buteo buteo) which spooked the mixed duck raft early afternoon.

We also enjoyed some cracking views of red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) along the boardwalk tree-line.

For information regarding Brownsea Island go to: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-brownsea_island/

Thanks to Chris Tate - Brownsea Island Warden, for allowing us to participate and providing additional recording materials and Karl Clennell for organising the trip.

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