Peter Law was at the Meadow at first light where he was able to confirm that the BARNACLE GEESE were still present first thing though they flew off before 8 a.m.
Today I did the WeBS survey for Port Meadow. It was actually quite interesting to make accurate counts for all the different species that were present. Here are the totals.
3 Mute Swan
261 Greylag Goose (including some hybrids)
1 Grey Heron
1 Golden Plover
45 Black-headed Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Herring Gull
There were no real surprises on the survey. Wigeon numbers were a bit down on some of the peak counts this month: numbers seem to vary with the conditions and when it's very wet it attracts a lot more of the grazing ducks.