Wednesday January 18th
WEBS count highlights on Monday: Mallard 95, Tufted 82, Goosander 15, Gadwall 26, Teal 32, Scaup 1, Shelduck 1, Canada 66, Mute Swan 37, Great Crested Grebe 10, Little Grebe 13, Coot 53, Moorhen 18, Little Egret 13, Lapwing 70 (Bob Duckhouse).
The Red-crested Pochard has returned to Lake 2A, with 110 Pochard there too. The Gull roost has started to disperse and rather quickly, if tonight is anything to go by: The adult Mediterranean Gull remains though LWHG (Large White-headed Gulls) are down to just 96 Lessers, 66 Herring and a Yellow-legged Gull.
Lea Marston side: A hybrid drake Pochard x Tufted Duck (All of these sightings - Alan Dean)
An early Curlew was a surprise today and one was also recorded along the Blythe Valley; Spring has sprung. The early return of good numbers of Shelduck in the valley since late- November has also been a feature of this Winter. Also 180 Lapwing, seven Little Egrets, 13 Goldeneye and three Goosanders (Steve Cawthray).
Around 70 Lesser Redpolls were evident after being elusive since the, still to be nailed, pale bird accompanied them (Pete Sofley).
Staffs: 145 Golden Plovers, eight Shelduck and the hybrid, two Cetti's Warblers (Steve Atkinson).