Despite the 80% ice coverage the brave WeBS Warriors completed the wetland bird count at the weekend and recorded a good range of species. The 31 snipe were of note along, with the jack snipe and 2 smew. Other recent birds of note have included 3 bitterns, 7 marsh harriers and a pair of mandarin. With the ice now thawing duck numbers should once again start increasing.

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Phase 3

TOTAL

Water rail

1

3

4

Black-headed gull

4

25

29

Coot

15

68

83

Cormorant

30

14

44

Gadwall

226

71

297

Goldeneye

3

10

13

Great crested grebe

4

4

8

Little egret

1

1

Little grebe

1

2

3

Mallard

22

60

82

Mute swan

5

5

10

Pochard

10

29

39

Shoveler

14

20

34

Teal

10

94

104

Tufted duck

175

108

283

Wigeon

4

63

67

Canada goose

1

1

Common gull

7

7

Curlew

11

11

Grey heron

1

2

3

Jack snipe

1

1

Lapwing

12

12

Smew

2

2

Snipe

31

31

Greylag goose

106

106

As advance warning, work will be happening on the low voltage powerlines that cross our car park access track on 5th January. Vehicles will not be able to drive along the track between about 10am and 3pm and so there will be no vehicle access during this period.

Long-range shot of the pair of mandarin, an uncommon visitor to Langford [Stuart Carlton]

Long-range shot of the two redhead smew - in the background [Carl Cornish]

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