We're now in the midst of the breeding season, with bitterns all over the place, swarms of sand martins swooping overhead and common terns plunging into the water for fish. The wildflowers are in bloom with swaths of ox-eye daisies and clumps of ragged robin providing a splash of colour. 

May's WeBS count was carried out at the weekend, providing a snapshot of what's about at the moment. 4 bitterns is the highest number ever recorded on a WeBS, however whether this is all the bitterns on site at the moment is the big unknown!?

P1

P2

P3

Total

Canada goose

6

9

20

35

Greylag goose

14

53

19

86

Mallard

16

12

22

50

Pochard

4

4

8

Tufted duck

9

8

8

25

Gadwall

2

3

26

31

Coot

10

13

71

94

Grey heron

3

1

4

Little egret

2

2

4

Mute swan

3

8

64

75

Lapwing

2

6

8

Black headed gull

30

7

26

63

Common tern 

3

2

7

12

Bittern

1

3

4

Cormorant

3

3

Great crested grebe

3

11

3

17

Egyptian goose 

2

2

Oystercatcher

1

1

2

Ringed plover

7

7

Little ringed plover

1

1

Teal

2

2

Shelduck

3

3

Avocet

3

3

Shoveler

1

1

Curlew

1

1

Male bittern chasing a female - Peter Calvert:

Black-tailed godwit and ruff .... There's been a pretty good wader passage at Langford this year, nothing out of the ordinary, but good numbers of the expected species, including 16 ruff, a new high count for the reserve (ruff photo taken by James Wilkinson).

I forgot to post the WeBS count numbers for April, so here they are for completeness... 

P1

P2

P3

Total

Black-headed gull

18

5

6

29

Canada goose

21

18

17

56

Coot

11

14

54

79

Great crested grebe

5

7

3

15

Great white egret

1

1

Grey heron

1

1

Greylag goose

14

16

30

Mallard

2

12

18

32

Moorhen

2

2

Pochard

2

2

Tufted duck

22

46

53

121

Bittern

3

3

Cormorant

1

1

Little egret

1

1

Mute swan

9

23

32

Shelduck

2

1

3

Teal

1

16

17

Gadwall

12

12

Lapwing

7

7

Shoveler

3

3

Dunlin

2

2

Little ringed plover

2

2

Green sandpiper

1

1

Turnstone

1

1

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