Sunday, 18 December 2016

        The Species list stands at 161 so far for 2016

View list Here

It would appear that the KOS have lost all sightings post from February up to present day and, they are nowhere to be found within the KOS website. Also gone is the species list but I have added a link above.
Sightings will now be posted here and will be up and running properly from January 1st.
If you would like to send any sightings to me for posting, you can at
The weekend crew are Sue Morton, Dave Sutton, Bernie Weight and Martyn Wilson 

December 18th

Today was WeBS count day so to count the Cormorants I started at Grove Ferry where the Cormorants, usually, pass through. Plenty of Lapwing were calling in the darkness and I could just make out the shape of several Sans on the pool.
Standing along the entrance track before dawn sadly there were no Woodcock coming into roost, is the foliage too high in the Paddocks?
Todays counts were 402 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 59 Mute Swans with only one a juvenile!!! 33 Greylag Geese, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 116 Mallards, 1 Kingfisher and 552 Teal. There were 56 Shoveler, 4 Grey Herons, 4 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harriers, 14 Gadwall, 13 Wigeon west and a record 1137 Cormorants out to the coast. Also noted were 1 Stonechat, 2 Water Rails, 4 Coot, 5 adult Common Gulls, 37 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Pochards, 1 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldfinch, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Great-crested Grebes, 1 Moorhen, 4 young Herring Gulls and a smart male Greenfinch. Best sighting of the day though, was the return of the adult female Cinnamon Teal to the Alder Wood moat after leading her young across the lake to the 'Jungle' earlier in the year.
Again no sign of any Bean Geese in the area today but did manage to locate the Greylag flock (283) in a hidden corner at the back of Westbere from Cow Corner.

Adult female Cinnamon Teal back for the winter
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