I did the Port Meadow WeBS survey on Monday. In amongst the dwindling number of winter duck I managed to find a resting drake Graganey tucked up fast asleep, presumably resting during his migrations northwards.
The full list of birds was:Garganey
Greylag Goose 12
Black-headed Gull 117
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Today (Tuesday), there was no sign of the Garganey though SHELDUCK numbers had climbed to an impressive 10 birds, the BLACK-TAILED GODWIT was still there and a second DUNLIN had joined the first. There were also 5 OYSTERCATCHERS today.
The floods are looking pretty good at present and we should be seeing our first Little Ringed Plovers and Sand Martins fairly soon.
|Very much just a record shot of the sleeping drake Garganey|