Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Druridge Bay CP

Some pics above of the Mergansers, Goldeneye and Pink feet

I don't do a WEBS count but I regularly count the wildfowl at DBCP. I like a walk around here now and then and on Sunday it was fairly quiet but plenty of the usual wildfowl. Two birds notable by their decline are evident in Druridge bay. One is Coot where just a few years ago well over a hundred would winter at this site today there was 12 and Pochard 50+ could be counted here at one time but only 6 today. Tufted duck don't appear to have declined with 54. Mallard, Mute swan and Canada Geese seem to be increasing. A pleasing sight in numbers is Moorhen 37.Other notables was Red breasted Merganser (10) and Pink footed Goose (89). I was looking for Redpolls among the Alders but could only find a handful of Lesser Redpolls at the entrance.

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