A foggy day on the Fen but that did not stop former warden, Ralph Sargent, setting out for his monthly WeBS count this morning. WeBS counts, or Wetland Bird Surveys were introduced as far back as 1947 and are used to provide data on population sizes, determine trends and distribution and to identify important sites for waterbirds- if you would like to learn more about WeBS counts check-out www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs
So after three hours counting, Ralp came up with the following totals, little grebe 3, great crested grebe 1, cormorant 12, little egret 1, grey heron 1, greylag goose 22, canada goose 2, wigeon 150, gadwall 35, teal 29, mallard 16, pintail 2, shoveler 45, water rail 2, coot 51, golden plover 5, black headed gull 20.
Whilst completing the count he also saw marsh harrier 1, green woodpecker 4, meadow pipit 5, skylark 2, cetti's warbler 7, chiffchaff 1, robin 5, fieldfare 50+, song thrust 5, long-tailed tit 25, great tit 12, blue tit 4, reed bunting 9, chaffinch 7. Not a bad mornings work!